Homer Spit_photo by Anne Beaudreau

17 July 2017

Synopsis: Fishing is a way of life in Alaska. Fish are not only an important source of food and income, but have great cultural significance. “Knowing Fish” celebrates the importance of fishing in Alaska’s coastal communities and the value of fishermen’s knowledge for science and management. The film highlights voices of fishers who describe how the environment has changed in their lifetimes. It tells the story of fishermen and scientists who are bringing their world views together in new ways to help build sustainable fisheries. Though change is inevitable, they convey a message of hope and optimism about the future of our oceans and fishing communities. (17 min.)

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Directed and produced by Anne Beaudreau
Assistant Directors: Maggie Chan and Philip Loring
Filmed by Anne Beaudreau, Maggie Chan, Philip Loring, Cheryl Barnes
Edited by Sarah Betcher and Anne Beaudreau
Music and sound mixing by Lou John B (read an interview with Lou here)
Narrated by Bond Huberman

With support from the North Pacific Research Board, NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Saskatchewan

Special thanks to: Cheryl Barnes, Judy Brakel, Doug Duncan, Rhea Ehresmann, Jamie Erickson, Jay Erickson, Mary Erickson, Michael Flores, Ben Huntley, Mike Miller, Jack Montgomery, Julie Scheurer, Chris Sergeant, Phillip Sharclane, Greg Sutter, Michael Williams, Jacqueline Yamada, Kenji Yamada, Richard Yamada, Ikaika Vivas, Alaska Charter Association, Homer Charter Association, Hoonah Indian Association, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Southeast Alaska Charter Boat Operators Association, Southeast Alaska Guides Organization

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Iñupiaq Values and Subsistence Management in Western Arctic National Parklands

Gathering fireweed

Photo by Corina Kramer

12 July 2018

Synopsis: Subsistence is a way of life, a source of sustenance, and central to culture, community, and spirituality in the Northwest Arctic. Indigenous knowledge and values guide subsistence hunting practices. Agencies like the National Park Service have missions that reflect some of these values. It is important, however, that local people have a seat at the table for decision-making and that their knowledge is a foundation for how subsistence resources are managed for generations to come. (13 min.)

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Created in collaboration with: Hannah Atkinson; Mikian Stella Atoruk; Ikrik Saima & Kill’aq John Chase; Qupatquq Ada Cleveland; Qaluraq Lance & Qaaġraq Corina Kramer; Arthur Douglas; Ñiiqsik Elizabeth Ferguson; Aqsravatnaq Tommy Geffe; Argagiaq Willie Goodwin; Naunġaq Cyrus Harris; Patkotaq Lee & Auqug Sharon Harris; Katak Maija Lukin; Qapqana Karmen Monigold; Sue Norton; Qalayuaq Ross Schaeffer; Dan Stevenson; Pamiyaqtuuq Alex & Siikauraq Martha Whiting; Community of Kotzebue

Filmed and directed by Kristen Green, Anne Beaudreau, Savannah Fletcher

Edited by Anne Beaudreau

Sound editing by Lou John B

Additional video and still footage provided by: Hannah Atkinson; Gary Bembridge (CC BY 2.0); John Chase; Kramer Family; Dean Lukin; Tommy Geffe; Rob Dunbar; National Park Service; Jonathan VanBallenberghe; Kayelee Wilson

Music by: “Song Spirit” from Fresh Water by Arlo Hannigan and Bryan Muktoyuk “Chester Sivik Singing,” ID ANLC8182, Alaska Native Language Archive (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

English to Iñupiaq Translation by Kapniaq Lorena Williams

With support from: U.S. National Park Service–Western Arctic National Parklands, Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center (Agreement # P17AC00303); Emmett Family Collaboration Grant, Stanford University; University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Audio-described version