Gillnetting in Wrangell, AK

This film delves into the integral role of gillnetting in Wrangell’s culture and livelihood. Through interviews the film explores the origins of gillnetting in this coastal Alaskan community, shedding light on how it has become a means of sustenance and economic support for its residents. Viewers gain insights into the fishermen’s most cherished moments and challenges, revealing their favorite and least favorite aspects of this age-old practice. The film also delves into the profound impact gillnetting has on their families, demonstrating how this tradition weaves a unique tapestry in the fabric of Wrangell life.

This film was created at The Stories of the Land film and storytelling workshop in Wrangell, Alaska in the Spring of 2023. Stories of the Land included 7th and 8th grade students at Stikine Middle School. They worked to document and tell stories reflecting the long and varied relationships people have had with the land and water around Wrangell, on the traditional lands of the Shtax’héen Kwáan. This project was funded by KTOO through the Youth Cultural Heritage Program (AK State Council on the Arts and Rasmuson Foundation), Crossett Foundation and ASCA Workshop Grant.

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