Spirits in the Wilderness raw: #19 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.

00:16Copy video clip URL Roy Cranmer, a member of the ‘Namgis tribe and captain of the seiner fishing boat Kitgora, casts out a seine net from a single engine aluminum boat. He displays a type of fishing known as “food fishing,” which traditionally provides sockeye salmon from the Nimpkish River for the ‘Namgis people.

06:20Copy video clip URL Cranmer retrieves sockeye salmon snagged in his net. Riding on the Nimpkish River.

10:03: Cut to black. Color bars.

10:17Copy video clip URL Tape resumes. Open to the vivid crimson hues of a sunset on Alert Bay.

14:05Copy video clip URL The Kitgora at dock. Daytime views of Alert Bay.

16:32Copy video clip URL Bird scavengers feasting on a fish carcass.

17:37Copy video clip URL Public notice at an office of the Government of Canada Fisheries and Oceans. Scenes around the Alert Bay island and its local docks.

22:25Copy video clip URL Cranmer walks to the Kitgora down the docks. He carries his son Edgar with him. The Kitgora’s crew gets the boat ready to go out on the water.

26:15Copy video clip URL Hoffman talks with a crew member about fishing prospects for the day. Cranmer and his crew make final preparations before they start fishing. Cranmer’s cousin, Daniel Cranmer, assists preparations.

27:55Copy video clip URL The Kitgora launches out to the bay.

 

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