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.

2 comments:

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.