In the this Confluence Story Collection, we explore how stories have always defined our relationship with the Earth and with each other. Indigenous oral histories have been dismissively called “myths.” Yet there are universal truths in these real stories backed up by today’s science.
In this episode of Indigenous Voices of the Columbia River, Patrica Whitefoot (Yakama), Roberta Kirk (Wasco and Dine) and Chuck Sams (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation) discuss the importance of the river and interconnectedness.
Ray Gardner tells the story of Qoots-hoi and Toölux, and how the first salmon caught turned into a thunderbird whose eggs formed humanity. He also talks about salmon catching ceremony. Fully subtitled.