Spirit of the Salmon Fund
- Official Selection, International Wildlife Film Festival
On March 10th, 1957, the newly constructed Dalles Dam closed its floodgates, backing the Columbia River over Celilo Falls. Regional newspapers heralded an era of hydropower, while upstream hundreds of people paid their final respects to the passage of a 10,000-year-old way of life. The flooding of Celilo Falls was an important day in Northwest history.
It changed people personally, and collectively. Two generations later, the memory of Celilo still resonates, like the echo of water against rocks. No other film has gathered the stories of eye-witnesses of the flooding, the children of Celilo fishing families, and the local residents. Using never-before-seen historic footage and original interviews, this 13-minute documentary captures the enduring memory of Celilo Falls-one of the most sacred and legendary places in the Pacific Northwest.