United by Water movie with Q & A following
John Sirois, of Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT), is proud to present United By Water, their film that follows the first tribal canoe journey and gathering at Kettle Falls since the Ceremony of Tears in 1943. The film, narrated by famed author Sherman Alexie, documents this inspiring journey taken in 2016—from the building of the dugout canoes, the physical and spiritual journey along the Columbia River and finally, the historic landing at Kettle Falls.
This timely film highlights the need to recognize the importance of our reconnecting to the Columbia River and restoring the salmon runs. Not only does the film bring attention to the historic wrongs that blocked salmon from the Upper Columbia River, it shares the current efforts by UCUT, as well as other tribes, to bring forward tribal traditions to help better understand what is lacking in today's society. We need to forge a deeper connection to the waters that bring life to our communities.
Doors open at 6:00pm for community social and no-host bar; presentation begins at 6:30pm.
This event is by donation and will begin at 6:30pm, allowing more time for questions and discussion. After the film, there will be a Q & A period with John Sirois of Upper Columbia United Tribes and other Wenatchi tribal members, updating us on efforts to reintroduce Salmon in the river.