Spirits in the Wilderness raw: #2

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.

00:10Copy video clip URL At the ‘Namgis administration office, leaders discuss conflicts over fishing rights.

06:03Copy video clip URL Video cuts and then resumes. Administration leaders continue their conference call, talking about a new press release. Discussion continues around how to assert indigenous fishing rights and the right time for the ‘Namgis people to go fishing. Debate also arises over defining fishing as protest or as a legal exercise of aboriginal rights.

13:42Copy video clip URL Still on the conference call, a speaker explains the few possible alternatives to the fishing schedule or the chance of postponement.

18:37Copy video clip URL Video cuts. Roy Cranmer talks about an upcoming announcement for open fishing and its impact on the planned schedule.

20:10Copy video clip URL Video cuts. Ambient voices speak over the speaker phone.

20:49Copy video clip URL The conference call wraps up. ‘Namgis administration members debrief the phone call and leave.

22:57Copy video clip URL B-roll footage.



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