Listen to this podcast from the archives. This episode of Oregon Territory first aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting on March 9, 2007, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the flooding of Celilo Falls.
Kettle Falls was the largest waterfall of the Columbia River. Kettle Falls was for over 10,000 years a major indigenous fishing and trade site. In 1940, they were dammed by the Grand Coulee and formed Lake Roosevelt.
This curriculum is often used by schools that are part of Confluence in the Classroom. Teaching a curriculum such as this to students better prepares them for having the Native educator in the classroom.
In this article, Keri E. Iyall Smith (Cowlitz) details how, by taking cues from Indigenous Peoples who see the natural world as relatives, equal to humans, entitled to protections and thoughtful (minimal) use, it is possible to shift away from attitudes that expanded in the colonial era, which see land as a thing to be conquered and with resources to be extracted.