Spirits in the Wilderness raw: #20 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.

00:24Copy video clip URL The Kitgora, a seine fishing boat captained by Roy Cranmer, a member of the ‘Namgis band, launches on the Johnstone Straight near Alert Bay. Other fishing boats coast on the water.

10:28Copy video clip URL Inside the boat cabin, a marine echosounder, sonar, and other sophisticated electronic equipment operates beside navigation controls.

11:37Copy video clip URL A group of women discuss the results of the season’s fishing so far and the regulations and politics behind the fishing openings given by the Canadian fisheries so far in the year. They also share information about fishing boundaries, spawning grounds, and trends in fish movement.

17:46Copy video clip URL View of the bay, boats at dock, nets set out to dry on wooden racks, breeze blowing gently across the water.

19:28Copy video clip URL At the Alert Bay Shipyards, Ltd. A man paints a wooden animal head to adorn a totem pole. Children fish off the side of a wooden pier. The camera operator directs another boy to walk across a dead tree trunk. Scenes at sunset along the bay.

27:57Copy video clip URL Tape ends.

 

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