It was bright white limestone, shining up through
clear water, that inspired Native Americans to
name their sacred river “Waa-paah-siki” or the “Bright
fur traders shortened the name to “Ouabache,” and the
early settlers changed it again, to the name
we know today: “Wabash.”
The Wabash is Indiana’s river. Its story of beauty and inspiration,
of exploration and discovery, is the story of how we became who
we are, both as a state…and as a nation.
That spirit of exploration and discovery lives
on in “The Wabash: Life on the Bright
White River,” a 500 mile, 19 county adventure,
from the Ohio border to the Ohio River, to
examine the delicate balance that exists between
the people who live on the banks of the Wabash,
and the Wabash River itself.
These people have stories to tell, and this locally-produced documentary
has recorded them. It joins them at work and at play, and at prayer.
Their stories give voice to the joys of calling the Wabash “home,” and
bear witness to its sudden, devastating fury that can, and does,
sweep their lives away.
Through stunning photography – on land, on river, and in
the air – The Wabash: Life on the Bright White River captures
the Wabash’s power and beauty. And although it is not be
the same crystal clear Wabash it was in centuries past, it’s
still a jewel of rich bio-diversity, one that people are working
hard to protect.
Production of The Wabash: Life on the Bright White River made
possible by The Wabash Valley Association, The
Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission, The
Nature Conservancy, The Rivers Institute at Hanover
College, The Hoosier Environmental
Council and Hoosier Energy.