"Historic look at the Columbia River and its development. Woody Guthrie was hired by BPA in 1941 to write the songs for this movie, but its production was delayed by World War II. Produced in 1949 in black and white, this film contains rare footage of Grand Coulee Dam construction, Indian fishing at Celilo Falls and the 1948 Vanport flood."
from Talking History website:
"In early May of 1941, Woody Guthrie was employed by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) on the Columbia River.
The BPA hired him to write songs celebrating the work of the Administration in building dams producing and making available to millions cheap electricity. Guthrie wrote 26 songs during the month that followed, including such classics as Pastures of Plenty and Roll on Columbia.
Michael O'Rourke produced this radio documentary for Oregon Public Broadcasting. In 2000, a documentary film on the same subject was produced by the University of Oregon's Knight Library Media Services and the School of Journalism and Communication.
For information on the film (and additional information on Guthrie's Columbia River songs, see: http://libweb.uoregon.edu/ec/wguthrie/index.html."
PART 1 (RealMedia) (31:07)
PART 2 (RealMedia) (14:56)
PART 1 (96 kbps mp3,
21.8 MB) (31:07)
PART 2 (96 kbps mp3,
10.5 MB) (14:56)
"THE COLUMBIA" (Divx, multi-part zip-file -- you'll need ALL PARTS and a program like WinZip, WinRar, or 7Zip to extract/combine video file):
PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (95 MB)
PART 3 (70 MB)