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Nations At War: Pacific Raiders

1787, the Pacific Northwest has become a new frontier for international trade. Lured by the promise of riches American and European merchants were prepared to enter hostile waters, proud by a people who had built a great civilization by mastering the waves. These were the Haida, the greatest aboriginal naval power North America had ever seen.

It’s the end of the 18th Century and the world is more connected than ever before European and American ships crisscross the world searching for new markets and more wealth. Driving this relentless search is a ruthless struggle for global dominance. Mighty European empires like Britain, Spain and Russia compete to dominate trade and, lay claim to any land they can seize.

One of the last corners of the world left untouched by the imperial powers and voracious traders was the Pacific Northwest. Like the Vikings and Maori the Haida were a society shaped by their relationship with the ocean a connection forged at the birth of their people. For generations, the First Nations of the Northwest coast lived in fear of the Haida raiders. From their island strongholds, they would win slaves, wealth, and glory at the point of a dagger. Giving rise to a dazzling golden age of art and architecture.

Directed by: Jason Friesen , Bonny Lou Wagner

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