Covenant of the Salmon People

Documentary Film Screening

Backbone Campaign is honored to show the documentary, Covenant of the Salmon People, produced with the Nez Perce Tribe by Swiftwater Films.

Tuesday, October 3


Vashon Theatre

Speakers: TBA

Free - Donations accepted at the door for continued work to Un-Dam the Snake River!

The Nez Perce is the oldest documented civilization in North America, with archaeological sites along Idaho's Salmon River dating back 16,500 years. The cornerstone of their creation story is an agreement with salmon to protect its continued existence.

Produced in collaboration with the tribe, COVENANT OF THE SALMON PEOPLE is a feature-length documentary portrait of the Nez Perce exploring how their relationship to salmon has shaped the tribe's culture, history and spirituality. As dams and climate impacts threaten to bring salmon to extinction, Covenant of the Salmon People traces the tribe's efforts to honor their ancient agreement.

Watch the Trailer:


“I have to say, when is enough, enough? We have turned as many dials for salmon recovery as we are capable of doing,” said Nez Perce Tribal Chairman, Shannon Wheeler. “Our back is against the wall. We need to turn some of the larger dials, and some of the larger dials include dam breaching. Now, more than ever our voice needs to be amplified for salmon and for the rest of the environment. We will never forget our covenant with the salmon.”

Speakers will follow the film screening, to update folks what they can do to take action to see the four Lower Snake River dams breached.

Co-sponsored by the Meaningful Movies Project, Vashon Theatre, Island GreenTech, and the Vashon Heritage Museum.


  • October 03, 2023 at 6:00pm – 8pm
  • Vashon Theatre
  • Amy Morrison

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  • Amy Morrison
    published this page in Home Calendar 2023-09-12 11:46:39 -0700