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Summary

On a remote archipelago drifting off the northwestern edge of the North American continent known as Haida Gwaii (formerly referred to as the Queen Charlottes), an uncommon abundance of animal and vegetable life has sustained the Haida people for countless generations. Following individual food harvesters as they gather and prepare for the winter, SURVIVAL PRAYER celebrates the modern ways of a remote indigenous community and bears witness to a profound relationship between individuals and the land that sustains them. In the past century however, commercial logging, over-fishing, and invasive species have compromised the availability of traditionally harvested foods and threatened the long-term viability of these practices. Compounding this ecological damage is the imminent extinction of the Haida language and loss of traditional knowledge. With scenes that favor the authority of silent acts and a rich visual vocabulary, SURVIVAL PRAYER is an intimate ethnographic reflection that vividly illuminates the points at which nature and culture join to sustain human life.

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