GwaaG_anad (Diane Brown)
Interview with Dana Moraes and Graham Richard
"What would we do if we couldn't speak Haida and we couldn't talk to our ancestors? That would be the scariest thing. But that will not happen now, I believe whole heartedly with the film and the 12 women that are going to be teachers."
"When we first started in Yaan, it was just coming out of people, their lines, they were coming easy. And I said to Leo from Ottawa, 'It's as if everybody knows the lines already.' And he said, 'We probably already said them, thousands of years ago.' And I thought about it and then during the film it was easy to feel like you were in the 1800s. With the old village, and speaking just Haida, and being on a canoe in front of an old village."
"My biggest hope would be for the rest of the world to see mainly our connection to Haida Gwaii, to the land, how deeply we are connected to the ocean, to the land, to the sky. Everything depends on everything else."
"More than once it took me back to before contact. The feeling we most have had – the wonderful feeling. It has happened briefly before that you get the feeling how our ancestors lived. But when you live out in Yaan for a month, you felt it, as well as everything else. You felt the presence of our ancestors. You felt how we must have felt landing on a canoe into a village. It pushed us way ahead."
Interviewer: Dana Moraes
Camera and Edit: Graham Richard