Tamanawis Illahee (1983)

9 Jun
Director  Ron Finne
Producer  Ron Finne
Contributors Consultant in history, Edwin Bingham; Consultant in literature, Glen A. LoveCast: Robert Barton

Includes readings by William Stafford, Don Berry and others

Includes George Venn’s poem, “Directions for Visitors” among many others

Length 60 min
B&W/Color  Color
UO Library Catalog description:  N/A
Call # Mc299
Genre  Documentary
Rare  YES
Online  NO
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Good
Oregon-related  YES


A film of the Pacific Northwest, the native people, poetry, history and the forces of change.  This was an homage to the Indian heritage of the Pacific Northwest and a study in the contrast of how native people used the land, as opposed to European settlers who gradually took it over.

It is experimental in style, combining time-lapse photography, archive footage, classic photographs by documentarist Edward Curtis, museum artifacts and other image sources. The poetry read throughout the film explores the ways in which literature might encourage a sacred appreciation of landscape.

This film was made possible in part by a grant from the Oregon Committee for the Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ron Finne is an Oregon native and independent filmmaker.  In our archives at the University of Oregon we also own his films, The Whale and Natural Timber Country.

One Response to “Tamanawis Illahee (1983)”


  1. The Exploding Whale on Film | 16mm Lost & Found - November 1, 2013

    […] The ODOT engineer who masterminded this plan died this week, so the story was in the news again. TV news stations recorded the event, but I prefer the film shot by another local, Ron Finne. He was a young, independent filmmaker at the time, having grown up in the Oregon landscape and attuned to the growing urgency of environmental problems, and he explored these issues in a number of films, including Natural Timber Country and Tamanawis Illahee: Rituals and Acts in a Landscape. […]

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