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Tribe documentary comes to Sequim on April 16

Title screen from “Legacy of Our Ancestors: Treaty Resources of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.
Title screen from “Legacy of Our Ancestors: Treaty Resources of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.'
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Jamestown S’Klallam tribal elder Marlin Holden and videographer Al Bergstein host the fourth of four screenings of their new short film, “Legacy of Our Ancestors: Treaty Resources of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted to defray costs.

This showing will include a special additional video: “Working for the River: Restoring the Dungeness River,” conceived by the tribe’s Natural Resources Environmental Planning Program, to help property owners along the Dungeness River understand the importance of preserving and restoring the riparian ecosystem for future generations. It includes interviews with many riverside property owners as well as tribal Natural Resources staff.

Through interviews with tribal citizens who use modern methods to fish, hunt and gather, and those who remember the old ways, juxtaposed with historical photographs and explanatory narrative, this film reconnects viewers to the cycles of nature which allowed indigenous people to thrive through the millennia.

“Legacy of Our Ancestors: Treaty Resources of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe” was conceived by Holden, chairman of the tribe’s Natural Resources Committee, and filmed by Bergstein with financial support from Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council. Holden and Bergstein interviewed tribal fishers, hunters and gatherers.

The documentary will also be shown at 7 p.m. tonight, April 9, at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, and 7 p.m. on April 10 at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock.

 

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