Salmon people

Canada, 1977

Film
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The legendary relationship between the West Coast Indians and the salmon, once their staple food, is revealed in this film that contrasts ancient myth and modern reality. We see how Raven finds riches in the harvest of the salmon, only to lose everything through a thoughtless act against the Spirit of the Salmon. So too does modern man jeopardise his living from the sea by heedless action. Images of ancient spear-fishing and primitive smoke-houses contrast with images of today’s Indians operating a seiner and working in a cooperative cannery.

Credits

director

Tony Westman

producer

Shelah Reljic

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Language

English

Duration

00:24:43:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

28164

Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Fish trade

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Canada - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Indigenous peoples - Canada

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Legends

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Religion and culture

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Hunting and gathering societies

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Religion and culture

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Spirituality

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Spirituality

History → Legends

History → Mythology

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Fishing

Literature → Legends

Literature → Mythology

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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