Can art help the fight back against mining? Definitely, if this is anything to go by.
A First Nation arts collective have made an inspirational response to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project which would transport diluted bitumen from Canada’s Athabasca Tar sands to Kitimat on the Pacific Coast, for transportation to Asian markets. The project threatens fresh water and other environments from spills and from the damage caused by introducing more tankers into coastal waters.
One of the many groups resisting this proposal is the Haida people, whose land is directly in the path of the pipeline. In response to this threat, The Haidawood collective, an arts group that makes stop animation videos using their people’s artistic wood carving and painting styles, released Haida Raid 3: Save Our Waters
According to their youtube post: “Save Our Waters tells the story of what happens when Prime Minister Stephen Harper attempts to take the Bitumen Valdez Super Tanker around Haida Gwaii and up the Douglas Channel. Watch Raven Hair and Moss Head as they confront the Prime Minister in this new anti-pipeline and anti-tanker Haidawood (Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaalen Edenshaw, Ken Raj Leslie) animation.”
Check it out.