Samaqan Water Stories | Season 2

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Season 2

Episode 1 — Xax fla lise sla:  Ground Zero in the Battle Against Endbridge Northern
We visit the villages of “Old Town” Kitimaat and Q’ell, home to a small band of Tsimshian who are in the pathway of potential Tanker traffic. They are fighting an active campaign against the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Art Sterrit and Gerald Amos show us the territory, a vast and open oceanic landscape that is full of life. This is the community where the BC Ferry, Queen of the North, sits at the bottom of the ocean floor a few short minutes from their doorstep.

Episode 2 — Khalalesia: The Wake of the Tankers
The second part examines the local cost of Tankers on the westcoast, the singing and mating grounds of certain whales, the harvesting of sea weed, harvesting intertidal shellfish, all threatened by market forces. We meet Marvin Robinson a tour guide and citizen of Hartley Bay. We meet Harman Mueter and Janey ? who have set up an elaborate system of recording devices to document the sounds of whales.

Episode 3 — Letter From Athabasca
George Poitras on “Bloody Oil”. George gives is a OILSANDS 100 lesson about everything wrong with the Alberta Oil Sands development. He fights an often lonely battle against the behemoth energy dependent province he lives in.

Episode 4 — The Gulf Story, Pt. 1
What happened on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico? Who suffers the most and what, if any, is the impact of Native Americans who may  live in the area? We bring the story to Canadian viewers from a unique Canadian voice and an eye to prepare for potential future impacts of resource development. We meet journalists, restaurateurs and some Cajuns. Oddly, the Native Americans who live in the area are unrecognized tribe.

Episode 5 — The Gulf Story, Pt. 2
We meet Derek Billiot, a Houma Native American and self-described swampman. During the first few days of the oil disaster on April 20, 2010, He stood by listened and watched daily reports of the attempt to cap the oil leak as his tour operations started shutting down, like all other businesses in the parish of Plaquemines. The coast guard had shut down any unnecessary travel in the swamplands in southern Louisiana. When his phones started ringing again, it was the oil cleanup forces and that’s when Derek went back to work for the Vessel of Opportunity. He didn’t like what he saw.

Episode 6 — The Gulf Story, Pt. 3
In the bayou’s of Louisiana there is great pride in their culture and accompanying cuisine. The history is much like that of Canada where a blending of cultures has resulted in one distinctive region that rates with French and Italian cuisine as among the classics. The unique blend of French and African immigrants with the local indigenous population is often called Creole. After the Treaty of Utrecht, the French who settled in Nova Scotia were expelled. We meet relatives of the French Acadians who moved to the area during the infamous Acadian Expulsion. We meet southern belle, Miss Laura Anne Chaisson.

Episode 7 — Wild Rice
In the 1920’s wild rice was brought to northern plains of Saskatchewan to help harvest food for muskrats. Indians were hired to grow it and before too long the Cree and Chippeweyan in the region became experts at growing the swampy grain. Nowadays, the Lac LaRonge Indian bands are among the worlds top growers. We look at their story of success. We also have some recipes with demonstrations on our website.

Episode 8 — The Ooligan
Often called candlefish, Eulachon is a staple food source for northwest coast first nations. The tiny fish is threatened. Once plentiful in over thirty river systems, the Eulachon now returns to only three Canadian rivers and two in Alaska. The loss of the fish can be tragic for the tribes that rely upon the rich omega oils derived from rendering the fish. We go to one of the “Grease camps” in the Nass Valley and we meet the “Dirty Dozen” and watch as they render the fish oils for trade and consumption.

Episode 9 — Water Walk, Pt. 1
In 2003 Josephine Mandamin began a journey to raise awareness about water. The journey was not a simple event, meeting, concert, book or film. It was an outright trek. She began be walking around Lake Superior. Then she walk around the Great Lakes. She didn’t stop at walking to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. Last year she declared she would walk pales of water from the four oceans that surround North America. This is the story of that walk, a look at determination, strength and courage.

Episode 10 — Water Walk, Pt. 2
She began her walk in Washington state. Although a Canadian, Josephine does not recognize international boundaries the way others do. Like a river system she flows back and forth as if undetected. She follows a stretch of walk across a mountain pass, then into the arid plains of southern Washington. There were many trails, many of them ancient ones carved by the indigenous people in the area. We followed her up a treacherous mountain pass and much to the surprise of the team an impromptu tag team arrives to carry some of the load to the summit of White Pass. There the young skiers applaud.

Episode 11 — Water Walk, Pt. 3
The third part of the walk proves to be the most grueling. Josephine flies to the Gulf of Mexico to help launch the southern team. The day of the launch is a spectacular morning on the beaches of Mississippi. The sunrise on the ocean belies the disaster Gulf Coast citizens experience regularly with hurricane winds and tragic oil spills. On this anniversary morning of April 20, 2011 four women have a special communion with mother nature. The walk begins as the temperatures swell to the high 20’s. By noon the reading outside is 32 degree’s Celsius. There are only four walkers. Meanwhile the other walkers are making great progress. The western team is crossing more mountains but they have about seven walkers, so it is a bit easier than the south. Once Josephine has to leave, then it boils down to just three women at one point. Josephine flies north and then east to launch two other water pick-ups.

Episode 12 — Water Walk, Pt. 4
We catch up with Josephine again when she picks up the water from the Atlantic Ocean, in the lands of the Wabanagig. After two days of ceremony the walkers begin the final trek to Bad River Wisconsin, where the waters all join for a ceremony on June 12, 2011. We rejoin the walkers two days before they hit their final destination and in this final installment the water “orphans” complete their adoption into the Great Lakes. From the beginning of the journey Josephine has held the belief that she was only transporting the water for a greater purpose, that the small amounts she took from their source was a temporary displacement, that the water would always flow back home.

Episode 13 — Water Walk, Pt. 5
Stirring conclusion to the epic journey “Water Walk”.