Why did Hadwin cut down Haida Gwaii’s sacred Golden Spruce? The people behind a just released NFB documentary shares their insights. Plus, Science Faction joins in to tell us about fish with feet.
If you were living in British Columbia in 1997, you may remember the story about forest engineer Grant Hadwin and the Kiidk’yaas or Golden Spruce.
It was a rare Sitka spruce tree that grew along the Yakoun River. Its glowing golden needles sparkling against the lush green forest. Regarded as sacred to the Haida Nation, the tree met a tragic and completely surprising fate. Hadwin cut down the Kiidk’yaas in protest against the logging industry.
Hadwin confessed to his horrific act and was summoned to court, but failed to appear. In fact, Hadwin has been missing since February 14, 1997 and is presumed dead. But his story lives on and the symbol of the Golden Spruce has evolved. An award-winning book called The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant has now inspired a documentary film called Hadwin’s Judgement, directed by British filmmaker Sasha Snow.
Natalee Rawat spoke to the two before the film’s debut at Toronto’s Hot Docs film festival.
Book Club: The Golden Spruce
John Vaillant’s The Golden Spruce is a Governor General’s Award winning book. And it’s the selection for our next book club. Pick up a copy at your local library or independent book store. Then share your thoughts by emailing email@example.com or tweet us @terrainforma and we’ll feature your thoughts in the book club special the week of May 25, 2015.
Science Faction: Fish With Feet
This month on Science Faction we visit the laboratory of Dr. Emily Standen at the University of Ottawa to learn about fish that can walk. This story about present-day Polypterus fish walking is actually a story about our distant past & how it is that ancient fish gave rise to four-legged land animals, including us.