Awakenings: Traditional Canoes and Calling the Salmon Home

Sept 25, 2021-Aug 21, 2022

Plateau tribes of the Upper Columbia are experiencing a resurgence of canoe culture. Canoe “families” have formed around the building, care, and use of traditional canoes. Inspired by the documentary United by Water, the MAC, in collaboration with the United Tribes of the Upper Columbia (UCUT), tells the story of the annual inland canoe journey – from the purchase of old growth cedar logs and carving the dugouts to the annual launch and landing at Kettle Falls each June.  Indigenous people of the Columbia Plateau are reconnecting with tribal traditions and with the river that once was so integral to their way of life. Their story is told through the selection of contemporary as well as historic canoes, supported by the words of those who have experienced it.