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Coast Salish Speaker this Thursday, August 22 at 6:30pm at Lopez Center (From Organizations)
Lopez Island
August 19, 2019
Posted by Lopez Library (Lopez Island Library), Lopez Island

For the fourth and final speaker in the 2019 Coast Salish Speaker Series, we welcome documentary filmmaker from the Lummi tribe, Althea Wilson. Wilson will be screening her film “Revitalizing Cultural Knowledge and Honoring Sacred Waters,” which documents the oral history of the Lummi people who fished and lived at the mouth of the Nooksack River. The film focuses primarily on life in the Lummi fishing villages on the banks of the Nooksack River between 1925 and 1967. The film’s intent is to contribute to the preservation of knowledge and to share the story of the Nooksack River, and its continued significance to the Lummi People, who still fish and hold sacred the land at the river mouth. Much attention has been paid to the significance of the Salish Sea to Coast Salish tribes, but less is known and acknowledged about what a spiritual, cultural, and life-sustaining resource the Nooksack River has been. The documentary was initiated as Althea Wilson’s capstone project for her Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Studies at the Northwest Indian College in 2017. The program on August 22nd at the Lopez Center will include the screening of the 41-minute documentary film, and a conversation between Althea Wilson and other Lummi women featured in the film.