‘Tribal Waters’ film, discussion are Feb. 2

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PINEDALE – Water is such a timely and necessary commodity around the world, just as it is in Wyoming and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

So much so that Patagonia Films presented “Tribal Waters,” by Teton Gravity Research, that works to show historic and modern-day American structures diverted traditional sacred flows, and the legal framework surrounding the reservation’s Northern Arapahoe and Eastern Shoshone tribes living there struggle for their water rights.

It was directed by Jon Klaczkiewicz.

The 50-minute documentary’s premise is this – the ancient Wind River flows past where “the Shoshone people have lived on the eastern slope of the Wind River mountains for more than 10,000 years—this water runs deep for them,” says the Patagonia Films description. “They pray alongside the river. They pray for the river. They pray with the river. But what happens when your river is highjacked by a ruthless system that would stop at nothing to control the resource?”

It’s a very powerful and important film and topic that Pinedale Library’s Alise Watson wanted to share with a Sublette County audience.

On Thursday night, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Lovatt Room, Watson has scheduled the public screening of “Tribal Waters” and a discussion afterward with two authorities on the subject –

Eastern Shoshone Tribal Member Wes Martel and Northern Arapaho Tribal Member Colleen Friday.

Both are members of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. They will discuss their work to address the social, ecological and environmental issues found along the Wind River and find positive change and solutions that work for all Wyomingites.

The public is invited to this special event; snacks and beverages will be served.

For more information or to see the “Tribal Waters” trailer, visit sublettecountylibrary.org under Events or on Facebook.