Dancing Salmon Home

Will Doolittle | 2012 | 66 min.

2013 Official Selection

In the Beginning, when the living beings emerged from the Sacred Spring on Mt. Shasta, Salmon gave her voice to Human. The Winnemem Wintu people remember that gift and maintain their ceremonies, despite hardship and loss. In 1945, the 600-foot tall Shasta Dam flooded their homes, drowned their river, and stopped their Chinook salmon runs. Now, tribal members travel to New Zealand to meet their surviving salmon relatives for the first time in generations. They hold four days of ceremony, forge enduring bonds with their Maori hosts, and come back to press their plan to bring their salmon relatives home.