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T'Lina: The Rendering of Wealth

Directed by Barb Cranmer
Canada, 1999 (documentary, 50 minutes, colour, English)
T'Lina: The Rendering of Wealth
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Every spring the people of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation travel to Knight Inlet on the BC coast for the annual harvest of eulachon, a small fish from which they extract t'lina, an oil which occupies a central place in their traditional culture and economy. Filmmaker Barb Cranmer's family has participated in this ritual for generations. T'lina was traded among the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest for centuries, valued as a food staple and an important ceremonial substance. In a celebratory gesture of thanksgiving, chiefs distribute it at festive potlatches, where dancers carry giant carved ladles of the oil. In recent year, the eulachon's numbers have been depleted though habitat destruction, by industrial logging and overfishing by shrimp draggers, which net eulachon as unwanted by-catch. Combining footage of a contemporary harvest with archival images, Cranmer raises the alarm on the uncertain future facing this vital cultural practice and offers a lively history of a dynamic coastal First Nation."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Barb Cranmer
Produced by: Barb Cranmer, Cari Green, Selwyn Jacob
Cinematography: Doug Sjoquist
Film Editing: Bill Campbell
Production Company: Nimpkish Wind Productions Inc., National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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