Two kayakers navigate rough waters, their expressions focused and exhilarated. The person in the foreground paddles vigorously, splashes surrounding their red kayak. The person behind, partially obscured by splashing water, also appears engaged in the challenge, maneuvering a red kayak with a blue top deck. The backdrop is full of lush greenery and vegetation.

Paddle Tribal Waters

When the largest dam removal project in history begins, a group of Indigenous youth learn to whitewater kayak in hopes of becoming the first people to paddle the restored river from source to sea. The film gives viewers a bird’s eye view of an unforgettable group of youth training for the adventure of a lifetime.

About the Filmmaker

Paul Wolf Wilson – Director, Producer, Key Cast
Based in his ancestral homelands of Southern Oregon and Northern California. His works focus on the connections between peoples, the lands and waters they steward, and the cultures that tie them together. A Leader in Environment, Access, and Diversity (LEAD) Ambassador for
Northwest River Supplies (NRS), Paul works to provide opportunities for indigenous youth to strengthen and grow relationships with their rivers through white-water recreation. As an alumnus of Ríos to Rivers, he co-founded the Maqlaqs Paddle with his sister, Ashia, to help bring access to paddling to their tribal community. Paul has also actively worked to change policy around dams and endangered rivers worldwide, attending and speaking at UNFCCC COP events and serving as an advisory member for Water Climate Trust. Paul also serves on the board of directors of Rogue Food Unites, an organization that addresses food insecurities of
communities across Southern Oregon.

Rush Sturges – Director, Producer, Editor
Raised on the banks of California’s Salmon River, Rush started splashing around in kayaks before he could walk. By the age of 12, he had devoted himself to learning his way around rivers and cameras.

Rush is widely considered one of the world’s best kayakers, as well as a prominent action sports filmmaker. To date, he has created nine award winning whitewater kayaking films, including his latest feature documentary “The River Runner” which won “Best Mountain Film” at Banff in 2021 and is now available on Netflix.

Rush studied film at The Art Institute of Vancouver, B.C., and has honed his filmmaking skills on location in some of the planet’s wildest places. In 2009, Rush founded River Roots, a media production house based in
his adopted hometown of White Salmon, WA.

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