Heritage Film Series: Rebirth of the 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/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. Once finished, Leaping Frog Films. set this historic footage 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

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 the river for thousands of years.

The film follows the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe's multi-year efforts to restore the lower reaches of the Elwha River in preparation for the largest project of its kind in U.S. history—the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in efforts to restore native salmon populations.

Working in partnership with scientists and engineers, the tribal crew implemented what at the time was the largest Engineered Log Jam project for salmon habitat recovery ever attempted.

The evening will include a Q & A with filmmaker Shelly Solomon following the film and complimentary refreshments.

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