This is a promotional clip for the 66 minute documentary, winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2012 American Indian Film Festival. Find more information at dancingsalmonhome.com .
Twenty-eight members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of northern California travel to New Zealand to reunite with their salmon relatives that run in the rivers of that country's South Island. The tribal members greet the adult fish as they return to spawn, and release young fry to begin their lives. With the permission and assistance of members of the Ngai Tahu/Waitaha/Ngati Mamoe tribes of the Maori, the Winnemem hold four days of ceremony. And the two groups make plans to bring their salmon home to the McCloud River, where salmon have not run since 1945, when the Shasta Dam blocked their runs.