Spirits in the Wilderness #6: 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.

00:25Copy video clip URL On board the Kitgora, a seine fishing boat captained by Roy Cranmer, a member of the ‘Namgis band. Traveling along the Tribune Channel in British Columbia, north of Vancouver Island, evidence of deforestation and logging next to still thriving wilderness. Video is without sound.

03:30Copy video clip URL Sound returns. A large hillside has been torn down because of logging. Cranmer speaks in the background about changes made to the landscape. The boat continues traveling along the straight, witnessing more of the natural landscape and areas of deforestation.

10:46Copy video clip URL Sound cuts out. More evidence of logging. Cranmer observes the landscape with binoculars.

12:05Copy video clip URL Sound resumes. Cranmer continues observing the water and landscape, talking with his cousin Daniel Cranmer.

20:16Copy video clip URL Crew hands Arthur Hunt and Sam Cook talk near the boat winch.

21:31Copy video clip URL Inside the boat’s kitchen. The crew eats lunch, a stove top stew with mashed potatoes.

24:00Copy video clip URL Back on the boat deck.

26:06Copy video clip URL Viewing a map of the local islands and waterways and a depiction of the boat’s journey so far.

27:33Copy video clip URL Cranmer navigates at the helm. Radio chatter flares in the background.

 

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