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Unconquering the Last Frontier

Narrated by Gary Farmer and filmed in Washington State from 1993 to 1999, “Unconquering the Last Frontier,” explores the causes and effects of the ongoing salmon crisis in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the Elwha River. The film was released in 2001/2 and has been honored by film festivals around the world. The film tells the story of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe’s struggle to survive in the shadow of hydropower development.

This is the rarely screened 101 minute feature film version; it is a multi-dimensional view of this landmark restoration effort and represents an important contribution to American documentary cinema.

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As the producer and the director of "Unconquering the Last Frontier," Robert Lundahl, I am available for any questions and about the film and the next to come. email me at

Whenever this film is screened and viewed, I always say, my role includes acknowledgements to the elders in the film who have now passed, including Bea Charles and others.

And I always recognize the gifts brought upon me and upon this production by Bea and Adeline Smith, who opened the doors at Elwha and to many others including the late Harold Sisson, who was credited by Bruce Brown for "not letting it be forgotten." This although as a "Roosevelt Democrat," he was pro dam.

Also I need to mention that this film is not always available on-line. Copies of the film for use in schools, by agencies, and companies are available from Bullfrog Films, and include the proper licensing for these usages. Visit:

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Lundahl

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