Jamestown S’Klallam tribal elder Marlin Holden and videographer Al Bergstein will host four separate screenings of their new short film “Legacy of Our Ancestors: Treaty Resources of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.”
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to defray costs.
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; knowledge of which is necessary not only for the survival of humans, but also for the health of the planet.
“Legacy of Our Ancestors: Treaty Resources of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe” was conceived by Marlin Holden, chairman of the tribe’s Natural Resources Committee, and filmed by videographer Al Bergstein, with financial support from Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council. Holden and Bergstein interviewed tribal fishers, hunters and gatherers to create a film that captures the legacy left by ancestors, with Native methods that continue to serve the tribe well in the 21st century.
The documentary will be shown at the following locations and times:
• Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E. First St., Port Angeles — Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m.
• Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend — Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m.
• Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock — Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m.
• Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim — Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.
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.