Spirits in the Wilderness raw: #22

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.

00:22Copy video clip URL Arial view of the Nimpkish river flying over Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. No sound throughout the video.

03:40Copy video clip URL The river meets the Nimpkish lake.

05:03Copy video clip URL Arial views of undisturbed forested wilderness and mountains, out to the Johnstone Straight. View of deforested islands and commercial fishing boats casting nets in the straight.

13:40Copy video clip URL Continued westward flight across the Johnstone Straight.

15:20Copy video clip URL Plane flies low over the water’s surface. Flight continues over large areas of wilderness and water.

21:10Copy video clip URL Plane begins descent into a water landing, passing over homes and businesses.

22:00Copy video clip URL At an office of the Canadian government Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

 

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