Spirits in the Wilderness raw: #9 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.

00:22Copy video clip URL Salmon retrieval continues for Roy Cranmer and his crew on the seiner fishing boat Kitgora.

04:39Copy video clip URL Footage of the surrounding lake, forest, and mountain area. Other fishing boats idle with their nets cast.

08:34Copy video clip URL The last of the salmon is flung into the boat’s built-in well.

11:20Copy video clip URL Judy Hoffman, interviews Cranmer about the day’s catch.

13:21Copy video clip URL A water plane flies over the area. The crew waits to recast, determining which direction the fish are moving. Scenic views across the water.

16:42Copy video clip URL Hoffman continues to talk with Cranmer.

17:48Copy video clip URL Net has been released and is being retrieved again.

22:26Copy video clip URL The seine net is cast back out into the water.

25:47Copy video clip URL With the net fully cast, the crew waits.

26:34Copy video clip URL As the net is brought back in, the crew captures another round of salmon. Making a purse with the net on the side of the boat, the crew retrieve loads of salmon, depositing them into the built-in well on the boat.



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