Native American Culture and History Film Series: “Celilo Falls and the Remaking of the Columbia River” and “The Lost Fish”

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join us for two short films, “Celilo Falls and the Remaking of the Columbia River” and “The Lost Fish.” Together, these two short films demonstrate the change a decade has brought to our understanding of the relationships between Native Americans and the Columbia River.

A Q&A session will follow the films. Free and open to all.

“Celilo Falls and the Remaking of the Columbia River”
Through a combination of rare historic films and photographs, “Celilo Falls and the Remaking of the Columbia River” provides a glimpse of life at Celilo as it once was, and considers the cultural, social and political forces that brought about its end, signaling a new era in the relationship between people and nature. The history of the development of the Columbia for industry and commerce is conveyed through archival film footage from the Bonneville Power Administration, the Oregon Historical Society, and other sources.

“The Lost Fish”
One of the Pacific Northwest's oldest fish is disappearing, and along with it the sacred place it holds among many American Indian Tribes. For a species that has squeezed through most of the earth's great extinctions, the plight of Pacific Lamprey may be a signal of ecological distress.

Sponsored by the WSU Vancouver History Club, cosponsored by the Clark County Historical Museum and the WSU Vancouver First Nations Club.

For more information, contact Steve Fountain at

Dengerink Administration Building, Rooms 129 and 130

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