The Haida people have traditionally occupied an archipelago just off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, for at least 12,500 years. Oceanographer Dr Neil Banas of Strathclyde University looks at how a story by a master Haida mythteller, Skaay, reflects the marine ecology on the North Pacific Ocean’s edge. “He managed to capture the dynamics of ecosystems at the ‘edge of chaos’ in his mythic frame with an accuracy that mathematical modellers still struggle to duplicate.”
There is more background to the story on Neil’s website.
To read about how the Haida Nation draws on its traditional values and ecological knowledge to protect its marine environment, and some of the issues they are facing, see its Marine Planning Program.
This online event is free and will be streamed through the Science Festival’s YouTube channel, through a link which will be posted up here in advance.