Explore the River: Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River

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Comprehensive multimedia education package that describes the values of healthy aquatic ecosystems, and the ecology and importance of bull trout.



The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have developed a comprehensive multimedia education package that describes the characteristics and values of healthy aquatic and riparian ecosystems, the ecology and importance of bull trout, and the relationship between bull trout and the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people.

The Explore the River Project is composed of an integrated set of educational materials that includes an interactive DVD, a storybook, and a field journal, which are all sophisticated supported by a website resource.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have undertaken a large-scale watershed restoration project in an effort to benefit bull trout and other native species in the Jocko River drainage. One important component of this comprehensive project is education and outreach, the centerpiece of which is this multimedia education package. The materials have been developed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, integrating scientific information about bull trout and state-of-the-art restoration strategies and techniques with information from Tribal elders about the Tribes’ long-term relationship with bull trout and other native species.

Explore the River Interactive DVD
Journey with us as we take a close-up look at the river’s hydrology, its natural history, and the role that humans have played in the valley since time immemorial. The DVD explores in detail the hydrology, habitat, fish, and Salish and Pend d'Oreille culture and history and their current efforts to restore the Jocko River.

Bull Trout's Gift
“We were wealthy from the water,” Pend d'Oreille elder Mitch Smallsalmon says, and like other Tribal elders, he speaks to our understanding of the natural world and the consequences of change. In this beautifully illustrated storybook the wisdom of the elders and of Tribal biologists is passed on to the young as the story unfolds for a group of schoolchildren on a field trip.

Wonderfully illustrated by Tribal member Sashay Camel and narrated in the tradition of the Salish and Pend d'Oreille Tribes, this account of conservation as the legacy of one generation to the next is about being good to the land that has been good to us. Bull Trout’s Gift is steeped in the culture, history, and science that our children must know if they hope to transform past wisdom into future good.

Snqeymintn: Field Journal
“We were wealthy from the water,” Pend d'Oreille elder Mitch Smallsalmon says, and like other Tribal elders, he speaks to our understanding of the natural world and the consequences of change. In this beautifully illustrated storybook the wisdom of the elders and of Tribal biologists is passed on to the young as the story of the Jocko River, the home of the bull trout, unfolds for a group of schoolchildren on a field trip.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Field Journal (or Snqeymintn, “a place to write” in Salish) is a lavishly illustrated field notebook supplementing Bull Trout’s Gift, the Tribes’ publication for young readers. Bull Trout’s Gift examines the sacred and natural significance of the bull trout and the Tribes’ restoration project along the Jocko River of Montana, which courses through their reservation.  Meant to inform students, nature enthusiasts, and other lovers of the wilderness, the Field Journal is the place to conveniently record one’s observations about the Jocko River habitat and can be used by nature enthusiasts everywhere to observe the watersheds in their own locales.

 

Produced By: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Format: DVD, Color motion picture

Availability: Select DVD only, or Complete Multimedia Kit (includes DVD and supporting books)

Published: 2011

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Salish and Kootenai