Spirits in the Wilderness raw: #18 Salmon Original, Roy interview pt. 4

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.

00:21Copy video clip URL Judy Hoffman continues her interview with Roy Cranmer, captain of the Kitgora fishing boat. Cranmer discusses the impact on small villages of “buyback” policies for unused fishing licenses introduced by the Canadian government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). He also discusses what happens to many First Nations fisherman during a bad season of fishing.

04:31Copy video clip URL Interview pauses. Scenery of the hills and landscape along the Nimpkish river.

06:06Copy video clip URL Return to Cranmer. He names the surrounding landscape and explains its importance to the ‘Namgis people, also known by their anglicized name Nimpkish.

08:10Copy video clip URL View of the island that is considered an original home for the ‘Namgis. Scenes along the Nimpkish river.

10:03Copy video clip URL Cranmer drives a motored aluminum boat along the river. The camera follows Cranmer’s boat on the river.

21:25Copy video clip URL Cranmer casts net, displaying how what’s known as “food fishing” in the ‘Namgis River.

28:18Copy video clip URL Tape ends.

 

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