Eighty miles off the Northwest coast of British Columbia, the mountainous archipelago Haida Gwaii rises above the Pacific Ocean. These islands have been home to the Haida people since 13,000 BC, though smallpox decimated their population and industrial fishing and logging perpetually threaten them. Despite all this, a vibrant community thrives there, andHaida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World celebrates the chiefs, farmers, scientists, and artists who work to secure a sustainable future for the islands and their culture.


Directed by Charles Wilkinson and produced by Tina Schliessler and Charles Wilkinson. Executive Producer: Murray Battle and Kevin Eastwood. Introduced by Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History.


*This 2016 Festival selection complements the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans series. For more information about this series, visit go.si.edu/ageofhumans.

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

2015 CA 74 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Indigenous Voices, Sustainable Living