UCUT is proud to present our 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. Narrated by Sherman Alexie, it is a film about reconnecting with tribal traditions and with the river that once was so integral to their way of life.
More about the Film
United by Water has received national attention already. This film 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 in 2016—the building of the dugout 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.
Poster from the Premier
United by Water Poster