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Wenatchee College at Omak Red Road Association will be showing the film, United by Water


Dec 28, 2017

As part of Native American Heritage Month, Associated Students of Wenatchee College at Omak Red Road Association will be showing the film, United by Water, on Wednesday, November 29th at the Omak Mirage Theatre.  Admission is 2 cans of non-perishable unexpired food items to help the food bank. Doors open at 4:30 pm with a discussion by director Derrick LaMere and film starting at 5 pm.

In the 1940s, construction of the Grand Coulee Dam ended a generations-long tradition among the region’s Native American tribes who had gathered at a nearby waterfall every year. But last year, five tribes revived that tradition.

The film follows tribal members who recreated the tradition by getting back on the water in canoes "trying to retrace our history that's been missing for over 75 years," director Derrick LaMere said.

LaMere is Chippewa Cree and a descendent of the Colville tribe. He also shot and produced the film which is a production of War Pony Pictures. Traditionally, tribes that relied on the Upper Columbia for fish gathered each year at Kettle Falls in northeastern Washington. That ended with the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam in the 1940s.

Then, last spring, UCUT, (Upper Columbia Treaty Tribes)—got together with hand built canoes and traveled the river once again. The film is narrated by author, poet and Spokane tribal member Sherman Alexie. In the film, Alexie reads his poem “Pow Wow at the End of the World:  Many Native Americans are familiar with it and LaMere said he wanted it to be part of the film. 



There’s also archival footage from what’s now known as The Ceremony of Tears. It was the last gathering of the region’s tribes before the area was flooded for the Grand Coulee Dam. 

"United by Water" will be shown Wednesday, November 29th at the Mirage Theatre in Omak starting at 4:30 pm. 


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