SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2), Ooligan
DirectorsJeff Bear Marianne Jones
ProducersKristy Assu Jeff Bear Marianne Jones
- Release Date 2011
- Running Time 22 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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In British Columbia, water has always provided an essential source of food for Indigenous people. Ooligan is a tiny fish also known as eulachon or candlefish. A traditional and staple source of food for Northwest Coast First Nations, this tiny fish is now threatened as a species. Once plentiful in over 30 river systems, the eulachon now returns to only three Canadian rivers and two in Alaska. Its loss can be tragic for the tribes that rely on the rich omega oils derived from rendering the fish. This documentary visits a grease camp in the Nass Valley and follows the Dirty Dozen as they render the fish oils for trade and consumption.
This documentary from SAMAQAN: Water Stories, Series 2, continues the exploration of water from the perspective of North America's Indigenous people. With a focus on Oil and Water, the programs examine dangers posed by the insatiable energy sector.
Titles included in SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2):
- Khalalesla: Ground Zero in the Battle Against Enbridge Northern Gateway (22 minutes)
- Khalalesla: The Wake of the Tankers (22 minutes)
- Letter from Athabasca (22 minutes)
- The Gulf Story, Part 1 (22 minutes)
- The Gulf Story, Part 2 (22 minutes)
- The Gulf Story, Part 3 (22 minutes)
- Wild Rice (22 minutes)
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