Interviews

Five of our advisors agreed to be interviewed for Dead Reckoning ~ Champlain in America.  Each interview lasted two hours or more.

We were only able to include limited excerpts from these interviews in the documentary.  We have selected additional excerpts that answer questions that we did not address in the film.

Mathieu D’Avignon ~ historian, Musée De La Civilisation, Quebec; author of Champlain et les fondateurs oubliés, Les figures du père et le mythe de la foundation
Screen shot from interview

Can we rely on Champlain’s writings to give us an accurate account of the world in which he explored and lived?
What can we know about Champlain’s attitudes towards Amerindian people from his writings?
How significant was the French presence in North America during Champlain’s years of exploration?

David Hackett Fischer ~ historian, Brandeis University, Massachusetts; Pulitzer Prize in History, 2005; recent publication – Champlain’s Dream, 2008

Why is it that we know so little about Champlain’s personal life?
What was Champlain’s dream?
Is Champlain still relevant today?

Conrad Heidenreich ~ geographer, York University, Toronto - Emeritus Professor of Geography; Explorations and mapping of Samuel de Champlain, 1603-1632, 1976; Huronia, 1973.

What impact did Champlain have on the future development of Canadian society?
Did Champlain fight against the Iroquois by choice?
How would you sum up Champlain?

Jon Parmenter ~ historian, Cornell University, New York; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2007; author of Edge of the Woods, Iroquoia, 1534-1701, 2009

What did Champlain learn from wintering with the Wendats in 1615-16?
What distinguishes Champlain from other 17th Century explorers?
How do you understand Champlain’s years of exploration?

Pierrot Ross Tremblay ~ Doctoral Candidate, University of Essex and Member of the Essipit Innu First Nation

How do you interpret the French goals during the time of Champlain?
What is the significance of the alliance that the French and Innu made in 1603?
What do you think is the meaning today of Champlain’s relationship with Anadabijou and the Innu?