Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bidarki: Where Science and Spirit Meet

Bidarki: Where Science and Spirit Meet from Kevin Co on Vimeo.

Subsistence. What does that word mean to you? To many Alaskans, subsistence is a way of life: living off the land and the ocean. There's a saying here that "When the tide is out, the table is set." Take a stroll at low tide and you will encounter a life clinging to every available surface. Rainbows of snails. Carpets of mussels. Forests of kelp.

This is a video about Bidarkis, An invertebrate critter that is important for both native culture and modern science.

I edited for an upcoming exhibit at the Pratt Museum along with Wendy Erd, another local filmmaker.


Liz said...

thanks for posting this, kevin! it looks great, just like the real thing! makes me miss it even more than usual :) what a crazy time that was when you came out there! good times good times.

Kevin Co said...

Thanks Liz! It was a lot of fun to get out there with you guys... you two were an incredible team.

For those other viewers out there, Liz is one of the researchers/educators that was out there that summer. You can see her near the end of the video in a red Mustang suit carrying a kid on her back.