Lindsey MAE WILLIE
Lindsey Mae Willie is an up-and-coming documentary filmmaker and artist. She has been chosen by the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Tribal Council to document cultural projects and create contemporary Indigenous art. Her first documentary, The Potlatch Keepers aired on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. It documented her return home to the remote village of Kingcome Inlet, BC to learn the protocols of potlatching while exploring the legacy residential schools have on future generations.
Julia McIntyre-Smith is part Irish, part Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw. She grew up in Yellowknife NT, but has many places that she calls home, Kingcome Inlet being the one that led her to her true passion, the land. She is an amateur hunter, beader, and drummer. For her, this cabin project created a connection to her family in Gwayasdums that she never felt before.
Alana Coon is a bright young member of the Kwikwasut'inuxw First Nation (KHFN), one of four tribes that belong to the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Nation. She does contract work with the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Tribal Council as a Clam Surveyor and Aquaculturalist. These projects that have taken her through her beloved traditional territory, of which she will be a lifelong student. Alana is currently supporting the KHFN in various roles, working for her people in the village. She continues to be in-place and on the land, helping her community in any way she can.
Dorienne Prevost is a proud member of both the Kwickwasut'inuxw and Namgis Nations. She is a strong cultural leader spending her time cedar bark harvesting and weaving, traditional food harvesting, and button blanket making, all of which knowledge she shares with her beautiful young daughter. She has been contracted by her First Nation many times doing clam surveys and most recently, she took part in the building the split-cedar trapper's cabin.
This is Jenni Schine's second split-cedar cabin in the area; she built the first with Bill Proctor while documenting his life's history for her MA thesis and film, Listening to a Sense of Place (2012). As a sound artist and community-engaged researcher, Jenni will work with Lindsey Mae Willie as part of The Kingcome Collective to create a film and podcast series about the cabin project. Jenni has worked in Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw territories since 2009, making Echo Bay one of her homes. She first came up to the Salmon Coast Field Station as a volunteer and now sits on the board.
Scott Rogers loves connecting people to community-driven initiatives and inspire solutions for place. Researching wild salmon since 2003, she moved to Echo Bay and became a community member and founding board member of Salmon Coast Field Station. She now works as Program Director for Sea to Cedar Initiative, prioritizing her efforts around projects and partners whose goals emphasize the protection and revitalization of coastal ecosystems and communities through both research and education. Scott also works with various communities in efforts to protect local bears and wolves from trophy hunting, to educate youth about co-existing with carnivores, and to study carnivore-salmon-human systems in British Columbia.
Local elder, author, and homesteader, Bill Proctor was born and raised in the Broughton Archipelago. Having lived off the land for over 80 years as a settler, Proctor is an important knowledge keeper, who is deeply respected and supported by local communities. From childhood, Proctor remembers the trappers who built split cedar cabins, many of which still remain along the coast. He is one of the last people in the area who still knows how to build trapper cabins. As an important knowledge keeper, he taught and helped the cabin crew to construct the split-cedar cabin. Proctor shares stories and memories of Lindsey's, Julia's, Dorienne's, and Alana's grandparents who are no longer alive.