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United by Water: a film presented by the Upper Columbia United Tribes - RSVP

Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)

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The Columbia River has a rich history rooted in the relationships between people, place, and the resources within its waters.

On November 27, join Ecotrust for a screening of United by Water, hosted by the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT). The film, narrated by Sherman Alexie, documents the inspiring journey of the five tribes of the Upper Columbia River to Kettle Falls, the fishing site of their ancestors, for the first time in 80 years. This story of reconnection with the Columbia River through United by Water’s Canoe Journey is an example of how, together, we can act and make a positive difference for the future of our shared ecosystem.

  • Pleaes join us for an appetizer reception from 5:30 to 6:00 PM.
  • Brief introductions and the film screening will begin at 6 PM, followed by Q & A.

Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) will host the world premier of a new film, United By Water, that documents the inspiring journey of local tribal communities to Kettle Falls, the fishing site of their ancestors, for the first time in 80 years. It is a film about reconnecting with tribal traditions and with the river that once was so integral to their way of life.

ABOUT THE FILM:
United by Water has received national attention already with several film festivals accepting the film into their events even before its premier. Directed by Derrick LaMere of War Pony Pictures, this film follows the first tribal canoe journey and gathering at Kettle Falls since the Ceremony of Tears in 1940. The film, narrated by famed author Sherman Alexie, documents this inspiring journey in 2016—building the canoes, the physical and spiritual journey on the Columbia River, and finally the historic landing at Kettle Falls.

The timely film highlights the need to recognize the importance of reconnecting to the Columbia River and restoring our salmon runs. Not only does the film bring attention to the historic wrongs that blocked salmon from the Upper Columbia River, but it shares the current efforts by UCUT and other tribes to bring forward tribal traditions to help better understand what is lacking in our contemporary society. We need to forge a deeper connection to the waters that bring life to our communities.

ABOUT UCUT: The Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) strives to address these issues in its work on the Columbia River on behalf of the five tribes it represents: the Spokane Tribe, the Kalispel Tribe, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the Coeur D’Alene Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The UCUT continues to lead the way on the study of salmon reintroduction past the Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph Dams and into the Canadian waters where millions of salmon returned to spawn. A healthier Columbia River replete with strong salmon runs will benefit all people in the region and UCUT looks forward to finding partners to accomplish this goal. It is One River that is shared by many people, nations and wildlife.

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