Gáax’w Ka Haaw: Herring Eggs & Branches



Since time immemorial, the people of Southeast Alaska have harvested herring eggs by placing hemlock branches in herring spawn. This vital, traditional food supply is endangered by commercial fishing pressure. This film serves as both a record of the 2019 spring harvest efforts and a portrayal of the tension the Indigenous people of Sitka, Alaska and beyond are feeling as their traditional food source faces an uncertain future.

Included in the 2021 touring collection.

  • Directors: Tessa Ellie Schmidt and

  • Lee House

  • Duration: 35min 53min

  • Category: 2021 Selection

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