A Prayer for Salmon

About the Program

A Prayer for Salmon tells the story of the Winnemem Wintu people and their clash with Shasta Dam — the country’s 8th tallest dam and one of California’s most important infrastructure sites. When it was built in the 1940s, Shasta Dam in Northern California flooded the Winnemem Wintu’s land and sacred sites, leaving them displaced and with no rights on the river where their ancestors lived.

A proposal to raise Shasta Dam gained momentum during the Trump Adminstration, threatening to destroy more sacred sites. We go with the Winnemem Wintu to the Shasta Dam Visitor Center where they protest the proposal and the U.S. government’s refusal to acknowledge the destruction caused by the dam. The protest reveals the Winnemem Wintu’s ongoing reality. They are ignored and later a security guard threatens to forcibly remove them. We then journey with the tribe up into the mountains to visit sacred sites where they seek solace and guidance. Environmental issues, indigenous rights, spirituality, climate change, and human impact on our surroundings are all woven into this documentary narrative.


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April 1, 2023 - May 31, 2023

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Available to all APM affiliates; subscription to the APM Presents package is not required for carriage. Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before June 1, 2023. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

Judy Silber

Judy Silber is the Executive Editor for The Spiritual Edge and Host of the Sacred Steps series. Judy got her start in journalism as a community reporter at the Orange County bureau of the Los Angeles Times. From Los Angeles, she migrated north to the Bay Area where she covered biotechnology and the business of healthcare for the Contra Costa Times. At KALW, she produced stories on children who meditate, veterans who meditate, birds, butterflies, and Parkinson’s disease before starting The Spiritual Edge.

Lyla June Johnston

Lyla is a a PhD, musician, artist, and indigenous activist.

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