One Word: Sawalmem

5-day home viewing access to an uplifting, internationally-acclaimed, Native-directed short film that’s good for the whole family to watch.

The 20-min film is based on one single question: What’s one word from your sacred language that changed your life and that you can offer to the next generation as medicine to heal our relationship with the Earth?

Michael “Pom” Preston of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Mt. Shasta, son of spiritual leader Chief Caleen Sisk, didn’t hesitate to choose his word, Sawalmem.  Sawalmem is sacred water.  Through this word, he takes us into a rare, intimate, current-day personal portrait of what life is like when you consider water as sacred.Winner of multiple awards, finalist of the short documentary program of the Tribeca Film Institute and selected for 40 festivals around the world, the film is now yours to watch. 

Friends of Run4Salmon, Get instant access to watch the 20 min film here.


Dancing Salmon Home is a 60-minute documentary covering the Winnemem tribe’s historic journey to reunite with their Chinook salmon relatives, and call them home.

The tribe still has a long way to go, but they have made the first steps on the journey toward bringing their salmon relatives home. And they continue to use the voice that salmon gave them to speak for the health of the Water and the Natural World, on which all of us depend.


Chief Caleen Sisk Speaks at the Run4Salmon Fundraiser, May 2021