We are a traditional tribe who inhabits our ancestral territory from Mt. Shasta down the McCloud River watershed. When the Shasta Dam was constructed during World War II, it flooded our home and blocked the salmon runs.
The salmon are an integral part of our lifeway and of a healthy McCloud River watershed. We believe that when the last salmon is gone, humans will be gone too. Our fight to return the salmon to the McCloud River is no less than a fight to save the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.
As salmon people and middle water people we advocate for all aspects of clean water and the restoration of salmon to their natural spawning grounds.
Sawal Mem, Sawal Suhana (Sacred Water, Sacred Life)
Dancing Salmon Home, winner of the American Indian Film Festival best documentary award, will have it’s premiere screening in Redding on Friday, April 12 at Shasta College! http://www.winnememwintu.us/
On this link there's a six minute and a 14 minute trailer for the movie. If you have time I would highly recommend the 14 minute trailer so you can see what once was, what is and what will be. From Mount Shasta to New Zealand Sacred Ceremonies of the Winnemem Wintu and the Ngai Tahu Maori will return the salmon home.