Sacred Salmon Film Wins National Acclaim for SKC

Feb 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 16-3: Indigenizing Education, Tribal College News

A film produced by the television station at Salish Kootenai College (SKC, Pablo, MT) has received national acclaim in four major competitions. The 27-minute film, Sacred Salmon: A Gift to Sustain Life, focuses on the health of the Columbia River salmon and the Yakama Nation.

The film was directed by Frank Tyro, Ph.D., and produced by Bill Lambert, PhD, Oregon Health Science University; Lori Lambert, Ph.D., SKC; and Chris Walsh, BSN, Yakama environmental health nurse. It won the prestigious Videographer Award; was a finalist in the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, MT; tied for first place for the best professional short film in the Wildlife Cultural Film Festival, and won the Aurora Platinum Award for Best of Show, Cultural Documentary.

The companion book, Heart of the Salmon: Spirit of the People, was written by Tyro’s wife, Lori Lambert. Tyro recently received his Ph.D. in distance education from the Union Institute and University. His work focused on the Native American students taking on-line courses from SKC, examining the positive and negative aspects for Native American students. Tyro is the director of the SKC Media Center and the college’s PBS station, KSKC-TV. He has been with the college for over 20 years.

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