Spirits in the Wilderness raw: #14 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.

00:26Copy video clip URL On the Johnstone Straight near VAncouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, with mountains in the distance.

02:26Copy video clip URL Stacks of tree trunks, pine logs stripped of bark, and other wood to be used for lumber line the water edge.

07:03Copy video clip URL Cut to black. A public radio broadcaster announces fishing openings, dates, and locations.

09:00Copy video clip URL Return to views of lumber production on the waterway. A radio announcer continues broadcasting fishing openings and locations.

11:21Copy video clip URL Orca whales swimming at the water’s surface.

13:09Copy video clip URL Traveling on Johnstone Straight, other fishing boats and small yachts can be seen.

15:48Copy video clip URL The camera passes by a floating boathouse where there docks a water plane and other small speedboats.

18:36Copy video clip URL A tugboat carries a barge filled with cargo containers.

20:00Copy video clip URL Houses, a hotel, a shipyard, and other commercial buildings along the shoreline.

22:24Copy video clip URL Near the shipyard, indigenous totem poles stand on a grassy bank overlooking the water. Continuing along the shore, the boat passes an Island Centre, another hotel, and other town and industrial buildings.

 

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