Spirits in the Wilderness #11: Salmon Original

Raw footage for a documentary commissioned for the opening of the Shedd Aquarium's Oceanarium. Producer, director, and editor Judy Hoffman documents an aboriginal fisherman, Roy Cranmer, fighting to preserve the 'Namgis band's historic fishing grounds and land of origin while protecting the vibrant ecosystems and salmon populations that have sustained the Pacific Northwest Coast region for centuries. Also known by the anglicized name Nimpkish, the 'Namgis are part of the Kwakwaka'wakw (initially named the Kwakiut'l by Franz Boas) First Nation and have their homeland in what is now British Columbia, on the northern end of Vancouver Island. Hoffman has maintained a long relationship with the ‘Namgis band, having been adopted into the Cranmer family at the Cranmer potlatch in November 2017.

00:20Copy video clip URL The crew on the Kitgora open the boat’s internal well to unload the day’s catch of salmon. They toss the salmon by hand into a large metal rimmed basket.

03:51Copy video clip URL The salmon are weighed on the boat then distributed to the packing ship. The process repeats. A man tallies the number of salmon in each load.

10:52Copy video clip URL Cut to black. Color bars.

11:09Copy video clip URL Open to a bald eagle sitting in a pine tree.

13:04Copy video clip URL Ambient voices talk about the camera shot. Video cuts in and out, occasionally showing Roy Cranmer with other voices talking in the background, including the documentary makers. More images of the bald eagle.

17:12Copy video clip URL The bald eagle takes flight. Possible other young bald eagles fly nearby.

20:23Copy video clip URL View of the wilderness and mountains across the water. A shot of the bald eagle nest.

22:12Copy video clip URL A water plane takes flight across the water. Dusk descends over the water.

24:33Copy video clip URL Cleaning and disentangling the Kitgora’s fishing nets.

29:32Copy video clip URL Color bars. Cut to black.

 

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