The Klamath Tribes will share stories of pain and triumph tonight at a special screening of “Restoration of the Spirit,” a documentary exploring the Tribes evolution since termination in 1954.
The event starts at the Ross Ragland Theater at 7 p.m.
Monica YellowOwl, a Klamath Tribal Health and Family Services prevention specialist, said the documentary is the story of how generations of tribal members are transcending the pain associated with termination, which dissolved the Tribes’ federally recognized status and dismantled the reservation.
“The documentary puts a very human, emotional element to the trauma members experienced,” YellowOwl said.
The Klamath Tribal Health and Family Services Youth and Family Guidance Centers Prevention Program is hosting the event.
Story of the Tribes
YellowOwl said the funding for the film was provided by a state grant program to promote mental health in tribal communities. She noted the “Restoration of the Spirit” story is specific to the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin tribes that collectively make up the Klamath Tribes.
YellowOwl said the Tribes held five retreats to explore repercussions of termination and to “truly look at if the potential for healing is here.” She noted that each retreat was targeted at a separate tribal generation. What emerged, was a new concept of how to honor the pain of the past while embracing tribal youths’ perspective to move forward.
“It’s a night to promote mental health in all four domains: mental, emotional, spiritual and physical,” she added.
The event will also feature performances by three-time Grammy winner and flute artist Bill Miller and tribal youth in self-designed regalia. Tribal portrait photography from artist Ed Drew will be on display.