Where Have All the Salmon Gone?

Where Have All the Salmon Gone?

Fishing was once a cornerstone of British Columbia’s economy, but we’ve been hearing stories of diminished runs and out of work fishermen for years. On Cortes Island, the fishing industry seems to mostly be spoken about in the past tense. So producer Roy L Hales set to to find out where have all the salmon gone? Episode #4: Where Have All the Salmon Gone? by Roy Hales | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/Where+Have+All+The+Salmon+Gone.mp3 “The Cortes Musem has lists of the commercial fishermen who used to be based here. I counted 41 names working on at least 30 boats during the 1970s. Now there are two boats.” Only his inquiries took place during one of the biggest chum runs in recent history! On Cortes IslandL “Hanson Creek is one of the more extreme examples. We’ve seen years where there have been three or four fish, a good year thirty fish. I don’t have the totals yet, but it looks like a couple of hundred for sure ….” - Cec Robinson What do retired fishermen, Fisheries Canada and Klahoose tradition have to say about the West Coast’s inconsistent salmon runs? Interviews with: Ken Hanuse, Klahoose First Nation Lynne Jorden, curator of the Cortes Island Museum Joe Jordan, a retired fisherman Ray Kendall, a former marine biologist,  fisherman and former panel member for the Pacific Salmon Commission Cec Robinson, Cortes Island’s streamkeeper Jennifer Nener, the Regional Director of salmon, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Top Photo Credit: Salmon bones by Thomas Quine via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)...
Secrets of the Cedar Weavers

Secrets of the Cedar Weavers

By tracing the history and stories behind two hats, Tara Warkentin discovers a rich tapestry of practical and symbolic significance found in this ancient art. Episode #3: Secrets of the Cedar Weavers by Tara Warkentin | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/03+Secrets+of+the+Cedar+Weavers.mp3 Interviewing A Cedar Weaver “My dinner table was pretty much my studio. we might clear off enough space where we might put our plate down and have dinner, and then we clear the table of dishes and it is right back to weaving. I have an open door policy so if a person is brave enough to come out and harvest with me in the Spring then the door is open for them in late September to start weaving classes every Wednesday evening and every Sunday from noon unti when we cannot weave anymore…” Acknowledgements Thank you to CiTR Radio 101.9 FM for lending me equipment. ~ Tara Top Photo Credit: Cedar weaving workshop with Amy Robertson in Vancouver at The Craft Lab, Where I recorded field recordings for Secrets of the Cedar Weavers - by Tara...
Finding Gilean Douglas & The Protected Place

Finding Gilean Douglas & The Protected Place

In search of the deep spiritual roots of today’s environmental crisis, Sobhanā ​Dilani Hippola ​traces the footsteps of a pioneer spiritual ecologist, Gilean Douglas, from an old miner’s shack in the Cascade mountains to the majestic land of Channel Rock here on Cortes Island.  Gilean’s life and nature writings offer insight into the importance of dwelling close to wilderness and protecting sacred places. Episode #2: Finding Gilean Douglas & The Protected Place by Sobhanā Dilani Hippola | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/Finding+Gilean+Douglas+%26+The+Protected+Place.mp3 Giliean Douglas Gilean Douglas, Cortes Island’s best known ecological philosopher: “Whatever comes, I shall have had this - I shall have known what it is to work with my hands and brain on my own land and for my own sustenance. I shall have known what it is to work for the community, by labour traded back and forth and by supplying vegetables. I shall have known what it is to live completely alone with nature, for sometimes a whole winter will go by without a single human visitor. That is very good. It means that I can learn to know myself and live with myself, that I can discover the ways of silence and beauty. There are long thoughts then and, I believe, good ones …” Acknowledgements Credits / Special Thanks To: -Jill Milton, Howie Roman, Libba Pinchot, Gifford Pinchot III, Lalita Calabria, Kristen Scholfield-Sweet -Ann Mortifee (annmortifee.com) - reading quotes from ​the writings of Gilean Douglas -Ken Hanuse​ (Klahoose First Nation)​ - reading excerpt of ​Kwelte-sqet legend from​ GIlean Douglas’ book,​ The Protected Place -Music by Cris Derksen (crisderksen.virb.com), Jessita Reyes & Nature Tribe Top photo credit: Gilean Douglas lived close...
Who Speaks for Brother Wolf?

Who Speaks for Brother Wolf?

Western culture paints wolves with a dark brush as evil characters in myths and fairytales, but perhaps that’s because they’re more like us than we care to admit. Natalia Auger Nybida takes a deep look at the essential role wolves play in our ecosystem. Episode #1: Who Speaks For Brother Wolf? by Natalia Auger Nybida | Deep Roots http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/Who+Speaks+for+Brother+Wolf.mp3 What would you Say To Brother Wolf? “It is a beautiful little quote written by … Ed Young, in a little book of his. It is actually the dedication of the book. He wrote, “To all the wolves of the world, thank-you for lending your good name as a tangible symbol of our darkness’ And again it echoes what Gary Lopez said, how wolves are there and they bounce back or mirror back the things that we need to deal with … I would say to brother wolf thank-you for the gifts. Thank-you for the gift, by looking at you, of seeing myself and seeing those parts of myself that are dark, that need work, that I might bot be comfortable with and that I can move forward with. An I think that is at the root of our relationship with wolves, is that they challenge us … And so I would say thank-you to the wolf for the gift of introspection they give us as another species that also lives in a very similar familial way.” Acknowledgements Thank you biologists, activists, educators and dancers who shared their time, and wisdom with me. Renee Owens, John Davis, Sabina Mense, Carla Voyageur. Thank you also to Ken Hanuse for sharing his...