The Seasons of the Salish
Shot on location in Idaho and Montana, this lyrical documentary follows the traditional annual round of the Native peoples of the Northern Rockies and Inland Plateau. From the story of the origin of the bitteroot — first fruit of spring — to the stories and songs of the hunt, war, hand game, and winter jump dances, the film weaves scenes of contemporary practices with elders’ memories of the old ways.
Combining interviews, animation, maps, archival photos, and historic artifacts, the film also recounts the sad history of the region’s treaties, the creation of the Couer d’Alene and Flathead reservations, and the devastating impact of federal allotment policies.
“Seasons of the Salish” is an exemplary and engaging blend of cultural and historical information and talented filmmaking. It will stimulate thought and discussion in a wide variety of classes in Native American studies and American history. It was produced by Lawrence Johnson.