Ravens and Eagles, Athlii Gwaii: The Line at Lyell, Parts 1 & 2
DirectorsMarianne Jones Susan Underwood
ProducersJeff Bear Marianne Jones Ravens and Eagles Productions
- Release Date 2003
- Running Time 46.5 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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In the fall of 1985, a small but resolute troupe of Haida elders journeyed by helicopter to Athlii Gwaii (Lyell Island) to join their young counterparts in a stand against clearcutting. Industrial invasion in the remote archipelago had gone too far. Ancient cedar giants and rare spruce trees - lifeblood of Haida art and culture - had been levelled indiscriminately for too long. Buoyed by their courageous Haida elders, protesters united in peaceful resistance. A total of 72 people were arrested, but their tactics garnered global attention and won change: in 1987, the government established the Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve/Haida Heritage Site. Archival footage features poignant interviews with elders Ada Yovanovich and Adolphus Fussy Marks. Surviving elders Ethel Jones and Watson Pryce share their recollections. Miles Richardson, head of the BC Treaty Commission, Guujaaw, Council of the Haida Nation president, and Allan Wilson, a Haida RCMP officer at the scene, provide further insight into these pivotal events.
Shot on British Columbia's rugged north coast, this second series of Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art continues its exploration into the roots of traditional Haida art, all from the inside perspective of a member of the Haida community, writer, producer and director Marianne Jones. The series includes one longer documentary (2 parts) Athlii Gwaii: The Line at Lyell. It follows the historic blockade of logging on Lyell Island by Haida elders that resulted in the establishment of the Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in 1987. Repatriation is explored in two separate episodes and the final episode seeks to further define Haida art in form, process and in its connection to spirituality, land and culture.
Produced by: Jeff Bear, Marianne Jones, Ravens and Eagles Productions
Titles included in Ravens and Eagles: Haida Art series 2:
- Stone Carver (24 minutes)
- On the Trail of Property Woman (24 minutes)
- In Our Blood (24 minutes)
- Haida Jewelers (24 minutes)
- NaXine Weaver (24 minutes)
- The New Collectors: Repatriation Part 1 (24 minutes)
- The New Collectors: Repatriation Part 2 (24 minutes)
- GiiahlGalang: The State of the Haida Language (24 minutes)
- Ravens and Eagles Finale: Defining Haida Art (24 minutes)
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