Upper Columbia United Tribes set to debut film on emotional 2016 gathering

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Traditional canoes used by UCUT tribes for their first tribal canoe gathering since 1943. - UPPER COLUMBIA UNITED TRIBES
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  • Traditional canoes used by UCUT tribes for their first tribal canoe gathering since 1943.

In 2016, the five tribes of the Upper Columbia United Tribes, or UCUT, had their first tribal canoe journey and gathering at Kettle Falls since the Grand Coulee Dam flooded their tribes' traditional waterways and they last joined for what is now known as the Ceremony of Tears in 1943.

A new film, United By Water, is a documentary of the 2016 journey, exploring each step from building the traditional canoes to traveling through the water to the gathering of the Spokane Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Kalispel Tribe, Coeur d'Alene Tribe and Kootenai Tribe of Idaho.

The film, a production of War Pony Pictures, was directed by Derrick LaMere and is narrated by author Sherman Alexie, and it will debut with a special screening at the Garland Theater on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6:45 pm. It is open to all ages, and the screening is free.

Here's a trailer for United By Water: