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United by Water - A Film about Culture, Fish, and a River

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Deschutes Brewery, Mountain Room

901 SW Simpson Avenue

Bend, OR 97702

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United by Water tells the story of the inspiring journey undertaken by Upper Columbia tribal communities to Kettle Falls, the fishing site of their ancestors, for the first time in 80 years. It is a story about the tribes’ reconnection with their traditions and heritage, and with the river that was once so integral to their way of life.

Kettle Falls is now the site of the Grand Coulee Dam. In 1940, the tribes held a Ceremony of Tears to mark the final time they saw Kettle Falls before it was drowned by the dam.

Doors open at 5:30 pm; program begins at 6:30 pm. The registration fee includes includes beer and light appetizers.

Film will be followed by a panel discussion. Our panelists are:

DR Michel - Executive Director, Upper Columbia United Tribes

John Sirois - Committee Coordinator, Upper Columbia United Tribes

Elke and Alysia Littleleaf - Warm Springs tribal members, Littleleaf Guide Services

Gary Lewis - writer, photographer, TV show host, Gary Lewis Outdoors

Note: Please come to the right place! This event is at the brewery on Simpson, not at the downtown Bend brewpub.

ABOUT THE FILM:

United by Water has received national attention and has been accepted into several film festivals. 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; it also shares the current efforts by Upper Columbia United Tribes 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.

You can listen to a story on OPB about the film here.

Co-hosted with Trout Unlimited Deschutes Redbands

Thank you to our sponsors: Deschutes Brewery; Riverhouse on the Deschutes

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