WSU Vancouver presents film series on Native American History

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:18pm -- brenda_alling

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will present its Native American History Series featuring three films on three Thursday nights in February and March. All screenings begin at 7 p.m. in Dengerink Administration Building, Rooms 129/130, and are free and open to the public. Each will be followed by a Q&A session.

Scientists and tribal representatives will participate in the first two events. For the final event, a screening of “The Promised Land” on March 2, filmmakers Vasant Samudre Salcedo and Sarah Samudre Salcedo, and tribal leaders the Chinook Indian Nation will be on hand.

The series includes the following:

  • Feb. 16: “A Thousand Voices.”The series opens with this story of Native American women in New Mexico, from the beginning of time through the invasions from Spain, Mexico and the United States.
  • Feb 23: “Celilo Falls and the Remaking of the Columbia River” and “The Lost Fish.” “Celilo Falls and the Remaking of the Columbia River” provides a glimpse of life at Celilo as it once was, and considers the forces that brought about its end. “The Lost Fish” examines the Pacific Lamprey, its place among Native American tribes and its plight today. 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.
  • March 2: This social justice documentary examines the Chinook and Duwamish fights for federal recognition and sovereignty while also exploring the nature of life, death and indigenous culture in the state of Washington. This will be the first Vancouver showing of this award-winning film. For more information, see and

The Native American Series is sponsored by the WSU Vancouver Collective for Social and Environmental Justice and the WSU Vancouver History Club and cosponsored by the Clark County Historical Museum and the WSU Vancouver First Nations Club.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $3; $1.50 after 5 p.m.; free after 7 p.m.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Steve Fountain, Clinical Assistant Professor of History, 360-546-9738,

Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communication, 360-546-9601,

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