On arrival at the Rehua Marae, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Winnemem Wintu tribal members were greeted by way of a traditional Maori Powhiri, a moving and meaningful ceremony, which touched hearts and formalized the bonds that had already begun on a personal level between the two peoples. The Winnemem of northern California were in New Zealand to reconnect with their McCloud River salmon. The fish are now thriving in New Zealand after being introduced in the 1800's, while the runs on the McCloud were stopped by the construction of Shasta Dam in 1944.
The videographer-editor apologizes for his ignorance of Te Reo, Maori language, and hopes he hasn't mangled too much the meaning of what is being said.
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