Local Sightings Film Festival 2023

Sacred Places: Indigenous Shorts

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Two documentaries show how deeply linked environmental stewardship and family are for their indigenous subjects. Discussions of spirituality, political advocacy, and heritage all flow together in both films, creating a comprehensive call to action to present and future generations of ecological protectors.

Watch this program in person at NWFF, Sep. 24 at 7pm. VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes and Individual Tickets are available!

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When the salmon are running up the Columbia River, Native people are there with them. They live, eat and sleep at the river. Their children grow up at the river. They catch salmon for subsistence, for ceremonies and for their living. This is the life of the Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum, the Salmon People. It is a life Columbia River tribal people have lived for generations and have fought for decades to protect. Over the last century and a half, they have watched as forces eroded their access to salmon. Treaties removed them from their traditional fishing areas; dams massively reduced the numbers of salmon that swam in the waters; environmental contamination further poisoned the well. And now, as climate change threatens the salmon throughout its life, the stakes of that fight are existential.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    26 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Katie Campbell