Book of the Year
Book of the Year Film Series - Klamath Film Fridays
12 – 1:30pm, Library Fishbowl (Room 209)
BATTLE FOR THE KLAMATH (Director: Steve Johnson, 56min, 2006)
Facilitator: Marlon Sherman, Native American Studies
The Klamath River, snaking through southern Oregon and northern California through some of the most pristine wilderness remaining in the west, is the focus of an intense battle over fish, water and conflicting ways of life, between upstream farmers on one side and downstream Native American tribes, commercial fishermen and environmentalists on the other.
A RIVER BETWEEN US (Director: Jason Atkinson, 90min, 2015)
This is a film for our time: an invitation to consider crazy ideas that could transform the world for the better. The Elwha River in Washington State is a story about people and the land they inhabit. This film captures the tenacity of individuals who would not give up on a river, mirroring the tenacity of salmon headed upstream to spawn.
6 – 8pm, Native Forum
Craig Tucker, Natural Resources Policy Advocate for the Karuk Tribe and Frankie Meyers, Yurok tribal member and Klamath Justice Coalition Representative will facilitate a post screening discussion
RETURN OF THE RIVER (Directors: John Gussman & Jessica Plumb, 69min, 2014)
Facilitator: Kerri Malloy, Native American Studies
Balancing the sheer beauty of the river’s surface with its underlying ills of injustice and inequality, the film focuses on the personal stories of a group of individuals who finally chose to put the past behind them and came together to create a historic water rights compromise for the good of all.
The Humboldt State University Book of the Year for 2016-2017 is Andrea Wulf's "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World"
For more information about this book check out the website. The author Andrea Wulf will be on campus in Fall 2016. Are you interested in participating in the planning for Book of the Year? Contact Sarah Fay Philips in the Library.
Video of: Gordon Bettles, steward of the UO's Many Nations Longhouse and member of the Klamath tribe, appears with Theresa May, Theatre Arts and codeveloper of the play "Salmon is Everything." They talk about the importance of salmon to Native culture and the devastating fish kill on the Klamath River in 2002. The play, staged by the UO'sUniversity Theatre May 20-June 4, addresses the cultural and spiritual dimensions of Klamath River water rights.
“Salmon is Everything is an excellent text for many areas of the American Indian studies curriculum. It presents an amazing story and has helped renew and strengthen my faith in the value and importance of theatre as a cultural resource for American Indian people. The centerpiece, the play Salmon is Everything, is ceremonial performance in its most creatively realized and purposeful form.”
—Hanay Geiogamah, Kiowa Tribe Playwright and Professor of Theater, University of California at Los Angeles
By: Theresa May with Suzanne Burcell, Kathleen McCovey, and Jean O'Hara. Foreword by Gordon Bettles.
"After a devastating fish kill on the Klamath River, tribal members and theatre artist Theresa May developed a play to give voice to the central spiritual and cultural role of salmon in tribal life. Salmon Is Everything presents the script of that play, along with essays by artists and collaborators that illuminate the process of creating and performing theatre on Native and environmental issues.
Salmon Is Everything simultaneously illuminates the logistics of a crisis in the third largest watershed in the Pacific Northwest—the premature death of more than 30,000 salmon on the Lower Klamath River in 2002—and documents what happened when one community decided to use art to amplify the experiences of its members. The fish kill had unprecedented impact throughout the watershed, and for many tribal communities it signified an ongoing loss of traditional cultural practices. But in the political and ecological upheaval that followed, the role of salmon in tribal life went largely unacknowledged, which inspired the collaboration between May and members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, and Karuk tribes, as well as farmers, ranchers, and others invested in the Klamath watershed.
Salmon is Everything will appeal to readers interested in the environmental and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest and the ecological and civil challenges its communities face. For artists and activists, it’s a useful case study. Salmon is Everything offers a unique interdisciplinary resource for high school and college level courses in environmental studies, Native American studies, and theatre arts education."