Film Series: Rebirth of Elwha

Part One: River As Spirit

This film is a meditation on the soul of the Elwha River and the people and the salmon who have been a part of it for thousands of years.  In the fall of 2011, just a week before the historic dam removal work officially began, environmental filmmaker and biologist Shelly Solomon and cinematographer John Trapman flew and filmed the length of the river from its source high in the Olympic Mountains to the mouth at the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  John has an extensive Hollywood resume and specializes in aerial cinematography with the helicopter mounted Cineflex stabilizing equipment.  The weather was perfect and on reviewing the stunning footage, originally intended for the film Rebirth of the Elwha (please see the description below), it was decided to assemble it, set to tribal music, poetry, and the almost lost native Klallam language.  This simple and profoundly beautiful film has proven mesmerizing for both tribal and non-tribal audiences alike.

Part Two: Rebirth of the Elwha-A Story of Ancient Values and Modern Stewardship

This film follows the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s multi-year efforts to restore the lower reaches of the river for what would eventually become the largest project of its kind in U.S. history—the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams. Working in partnership with scientists from a number of government agencies and designers from the private sector the tribal crew implemented what at the time was itself, the largest Engineered Log Jam project for salmon habitat recovery ever attempted.

This is the story of the rebirth of the mighty Elwha River and of the spiritual renewal of the Lower Elwha Klallam People whose history has been so intimately tied to that of the river for thousands.

Please contact Elizabeth Langford at 253-858-6722 x6 or education@harborhistorymuseum.org to reserve your seat. Tickets can also be purchased at the front desk of the Harbor History Museum.

Members: $10 // Non-Members: $15

All proceeds will benefit future projects by Leaping Frog Films

Additional Details:

  •      Q & A with filmmaker Shelly Solomon following the film.
  •      Refreshments are included with ticket price.