Spirits in the Wilderness raw: #5 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.

00:28Copy video clip URL The crew aboard the Kitgora, Roy Cranmer’s commercial seine fishing boat, cleans and prepares the boat for an upcoming fishing opening.

03:40Copy video clip URL Using a large cylindrical pipe, one crew member fills the boat’s built-in fish well with salts.

06:16Copy video clip URL Cranmer’s son, Edgar, peeks from below the boat cabin hatch. Barbara Cranmer sits with Edgar on her lap.

09:30Copy video clip URL View of the mountains alongside the Johnstone Straight. A large cargo barge drifts in the distance.

11:51Copy video clip URL Cranmer steers the boat with Edgar. Bald spots on surrounding hills show evidence of deforestation.

16:40Copy video clip URL Snow capped mountains, pine covered islands, bare stone cliffs, and rocky outcroppings along the Johnstone Straight.

24:50Copy video clip URL Roy addresses the camera, explaining where and what he does for an off-season occupation, which he has done the past three years because of the decline in fishing openings and changes to the commercial fishing industry. Off the coast of Gilford Island, British Columbia.

25:50Copy video clip URL Another seine fishing boat follows the Kitgora. Barbara and Edgar look out at the other boat.



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