Ecopoetics Along Shorelines

WRITING IN THE FIELD

May 20, 2018
scwolek

The documentary “As Long As The Rivers Run” was filmed in the 1970s but the issues brought up are still happening today. The documentary covers both fishing and property rights and it should be noted that after the film, the 1974 Boldt decision (U.S. v. Washington) upheld many of these rights and “gave” Tribes half of harvestable fish in their “usual and accustomed” fishing areas. The civil disobedience actions referenced in the film likely had a huge influence on that decision. The fight continues today, however, as Tribes are getting less and less fish because of actions taken by non-Tribes.

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