2017 SFF Guest of Honor: Agnes Baker Pilgrim

Agnes Baker Pilgrim, the oldest member of the Takelma Tribe of Oregon that once occupied the Rogue River basin, travels tirelessly around the world, at 92, to keep native traditions alive, to give spiritual help to those in need, and to be a voice for the voiceless - our natural communities.  

From 1993 to 2014 she and her family hosted the Sacred Salmon Ceremony in Southern Oregon, which attracted people from all over the world. Agnes is also the eldest member and chairperson of the "International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers" that have traveled the world since 2004. She met with the Dali Lama in 2006, (see the Book: "Grandmothers Counsel the World.") Most recently, Grandma Aggie released, "Grandma Says: Walk Up World!" a book published by Blackstone. A testimony of her life's journey, experience, strength and hope, her wisdom and wit. Books will be available at the Film Festival


A Tribute to Siskiyou Film Fest Roots: remembering Barry Snitkin

Beloved founder of the Siskiyou Film Festival, Barry Snitkin, had a knack for organizing, a great love of people, and a vision of an inspired and active conservation community. We are so thankful for all that he did for the Klamath-Siskiyou region.


by Meadow Martell

Barry Snitkin loved and lived in the Klamath Siskiyou bioregion for over thirty years. He kayaked the wild and scenic rivers, hiked its trails and mountains and gardened in its soils. Most of all he was passionate about preserving its wild and unique beauty.  He strongly believed in the importance of getting people and community involved in this endeavor. Outreach, education and activism were his tools of choice. He wielded them with great skill.

The Siskiyou Film Festival, which Barry founded in 2002 and produced until his passing in 2015, was the culmination of his environmental work. He spent countless hours reviewing films, speaking to film producers and directors, always looking for just the right balance of information and education to stimulate action and also give hope that we are not alone in caring about this earth we live on.

Barry’s love of life and high ideals always looked towards the children and the legacy we will be leaving them. May we all carry this work forward with the same grace and commitment Barry had.