River People: Behind the Case of David Sohappy

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River People: Behind the Case of David Sohappy

  • 1991 ----- color ----- 50 min ----- vhs
  • For 10,000 years, American Indians of the Northwest have lived off the great salmon runs of the Columbia River. To this day the River People's religion centers on the mystery of the salmon's journey upstream. For twenty years David Sohappy, a Native American spiritual leader, has fished in open defiance of all state and federal fishing laws, claiming ancestral right to fish along the Columbia River. He was sentenced to a five-year prison term for selling 317 salmon out of season. Explores the historic conflict over the resources of the Columbia and the political controversy involving fishing rights and the right to religious freedom.
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, Pacific Northwest)