Tributaries: A Confluence History Blog

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Monthly Archives: December 2016

“What had been merely a swiftly flowing river with a streak of silver riffles down the middle has changed to a tumble of cascades that gleamed in solid white from bank to bank like the churned snow of a freshly descended avalanche. There was no green water whatever; not even a streak that was tinged with green.“ Surprise Rapids photographed on behalf of L.R. Freeman in 1920.

A View of the Columbia in 1920 Part I

Imagine canoeing the length of a wild Columbia River before the dams. In 1920, one man did it. Daredevil travel writer Lewis Freeman documented what he saw and who be met, offering a glimpse of life before the hydroelectric system turned the Columbia River mostly into a series of lakes. more >

9305-B7046.  Nancy Jim (left) and Hannah Sohappy Yallup are cleaning the first salmon caught for the traditional Feast of the First Salmon at Celilo village, April 7, 1940.

Seasonal Gathering Rounds Sustained Columbia River Peoples

Through the centuries, Native American women of the Pacific Northwest have been known as the “gatherers” of their tribes. Their role included a number of activities tied to the “seasonal rounds”–Long journeys that took families to different areas of the Northwest to gather food and other materials. more >