Film benefit for Shasta tribe

Documentary shares Winnemem Wintu tribe’s reunification with salmon

A film depicting the journey of 28 members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe, of the Lake Shasta area, to New Zealand to visit descendents of the chinook salmon that once thrived in the North State, will be screened at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 6) at the Pageant Theatre.

After discovering that salmon from the Baird Hatchery on the McCloud River, which dispersed eggs around the world before Shasta Dam flooded it during World War II, were thriving on the Rakaia River in New Zealand, the tribe traveled there to reunite with the fish. That journey is chronicled in Dancing Salmon Home.

Chief Caleen Sisk will be available for questions afterward, as will Jim Brobeck of nonprofit water watchdog group AquAlliance. The suggested donation is $5-$10, with funds going to an effort to transport some of the chinook back to the McCloud River.