The 5 tribes (Colville Confederated Tribes, Couer D'Alene, Kalispel, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Spokane) of the Upper Columbia River unite on the water in traditional canoes for the first time since the Grand Coulee Dam flooded their traditional waterways 76 years ago. Narrated by Sherman Alexie. Sponsored by Upper Columbia United Tribes.
United by Water started off as a passion project. Director Derrick LaMere wanted to document the experiences of his people as they reintroduced themselves to their ancestral waterways on the Columbia. Every day he worked with the canoes and their makers, he became more and more inspired to share the stories of these people.
After sharing the project with Upper Columbia United Tribes, he was able to dig deep and tell a portion of their history he feel is left out of the history books of the general public. With the guidance and voice of Native American Poet and Author Sherman Alexie, they as a group were able to tell the unique story of the tribes of the Upper Columbia.