COVENANT OF THE SALMON PEOPLE is a 60-minute documentary portrait of the Nez Perce Tribe as they continue to carry out their ancient promise to protect the Chinook salmon.
The film explores the intertwined fate of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), salmon, and the landscape from which both evolved. The Nez Perce people are the oldest documented civilization in North America, with archaeological sites along Idaho’s Salmon River dating back 16,500 years.
Today the Tribe is facing the extirpation of their most prized salmon species despite decades of recovery efforts. The widespread construction of dams across their Traditional lands have continued to challenge salmon recovery.
The only option remaining for the Tribe, is the breach of four dams on the lower Snake River – will the Federal Government take charge of the situation or sit idly while this iconic species vanishes from their home waters?
The screening is May 25, at the Silverthorne Theatre in Lewiston, ID.