Video Projects

Our past video productions are availble for viewing on-line and for purchase.

Naming the Harbour: a boat trip with Gitxaała Hereditary Leaders and Elders

(25 mins)

Boat tour linkThis video documents Gitxaała rights and title in the Prince Rupert Harbour area of British Columbia.
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Naming the Harbour

Weather the Storm: the fight to stay local in a global fishery

(35 mins 2008)

Weather the storm linkThis video documents the struggle of small-scale fishermen in France in the face of the storm of globalization.
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Chasing the Fish: Local Knowledge of the North Coast

(24 mins)

Chasing Fish linkThis video explores the wealth and depth of the local knowledge of commercial fishers from Prince Rupert.
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Chasing the Fish

Fighting to Fish/Un Siecle de Lutte

(15 minutes, 2004)

Chasing Fish linkThis video tells the turbulent history of industrialization and resistance over the last century in the French fishing region of Brittany. Available in French or English
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Fighting to Fish

Oona River: Between Forest and Sea

(26 mins, 2003)

Oona River linkThe video introduces viewers to Oona River residents, local history, and the economic and ecological foundations of the community.
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Oona River

The View from Gitxaała (16 mins, 2003)
Returning to Gitxaała (16 mins, 2005)

Gitxaala linkThese two documentaries tell about a collaborative research project between Gitxaała First Nation and UBC anthropologists which ensured that Tsimshian protocols were respected at all times.
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Current Projects

Basketball Warriors - stories of aboriginal basketball on Canada's west coast.

Basketball is a big thing in most coastal aboriginal vilages in British Columbia and Alaska. Every community has at least one gym where you can hear the sounds of the ball bouncing, kids shouting and screaming, and the swish of the ball through the hoop. This film tells the story of basketball players from Gitxaala Nation, the importance of the game, it's history on the north caost, and tales of big games past and present at the BC All Native Basketball Tournament held each year for more than 50 years in Prince Rueprt, BC.

Small Nets in a Sea of Change: Family Fishing in Donegal, Ireland

Working in collaboration with local small-scale salmon and lobster fishermen in the north west of Ireland this film documents the vitality and history of local fisheries.

Bax Laansk: a film about Gitxaała.

Bax laansk, roughly translated, is the ability to do together what cannot be done alone.   Bax Laansk tells the contemporary story of Gitxaała people   finding strength and wealth in the face of the impacts of colonialism and expropriation of their territory.   The film was screened in Gitxaała in May, 2009, during the 2009 CASCA conference at UBC, in Philidelphia as part   of the American Anthropological Association meetings, December, 2009, and as part of the   Tofino Indigenous   Film Festival, May 2010.
Ethnographic Film Unit
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