SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3), Every Year the Salmon Come Back
DirectorsJeff Bear Marianne Jones
ProducersKristy Assu Jeff Bear Marianne Jones
- Release Date 2013
- Running Time 22 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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Salmon were one of the most prolific species of fish in the ocean, common in all waters surrounding North America and as far south as New Zealand. Stocks have declined on the west coast and in Atlantic Canada, wild salmon are no longer available in the market place, having been replaced by the omni-present farmed fish. Every Year the Salmon Come Back examines work being done by First Nations people of the Okanagan who witnessed the near obliteration of returning salmon. It explores different causes including the construction of dams in the United States by the Army Corps of Engineers. Marine biologist Alexandra Morton decries the lack of control over fish farms whose virus-laden stocks escape into the ocean and threaten the native species. She warns that unless more is done the future of wild salmon faces too many challenges.
This documentary from SAMAQAN: Water Stories, Series 3, looks deeper at water's role in culture, spirituality and life itself for North America's First Nations people.
Titles included in SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3):
- Without Running Water, Part 1 (22 minutes)
- Without Running Water, Part 2 (22 minutes)
- Kitigan Zibi Waters (22 minutes)
- Kahnawake Waters, Part 1 (22 minutes)
- Kahnawake Waters, Part 2 (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 1: Paddle to Squaxin (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 2: Nala Winds (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 3: Kwumut Lelum (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 4: Maori Waka, Dugout Canoe and Birch Bark (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 5: The Village Welcome (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 6: Landings and Protocol (22 minutes)
- Drinking from my Mother's Well (22 minutes)
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