United by Water

United by Water This is a FREE event presented by the Upper Columbia United Tribes, the Sinixt & the Capitol Theatre.

Indigenous voices rise on June 14 in an evening of films about water, salmon, rivers and climate change. The event opens with the Sinixt drumming circle from Inchelium, Washington and will feature the award-winning United by Water, an account of the first tribal canoe journey to the historic salmon fishery at Kettle Falls since the construction of Grand Coulee Dam in 1942.

Directed by Derrick La Mere of War Pony Pictures, "United by Water" follows several Interior Salish tribes of the upper Columbia River basin as they carve dugout canoes and return to their traditional waterways in a journey to Kettle Falls by canoe in 2016. The film contains archival footage from the last Salmon Ceremony in 1940, now known as the Ceremony of Tears.The construction of Grand Coulee Dam stopped migration of salmon into the upper Columbia and its Canadian tributary streams, a loss the tribes hope to reverse through construction of fish passage.

"A 6,000-Mile Search for Beauty" is an experimental and evocative film by Amy Allcock that follows a 2016 journey undertaken by local author Eileen Delehanty Pearkes. Supported by a grant from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Pearkes travelled the West to understand the resilience of rainforest ecosystems. In connecting with the
indigenous traditions and cultures of these rainforests, she finds a balanced, resilient way to live in the face of a changing climate.

"United by Water" trailer: https://vimeo.com/235484266

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