Death of Celilo Falls
For thousands of years, Pacific Northwest Indians fished, bartered, socialized, and honored their ancestors at Celilo Falls, part of a nine-mile stretch of the Long Narrows on the Columbia River. Although the Indian community of Celilo Village survives to this day as Oregon's oldest continuously inhabited town, with the construction of The Dalles Dam in 1957, traditional u...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by University of Washington Press
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An excellent account of the history of Celilo Falls and the peoples that have lived near it. Barber's work is outstandingly balanced and quite well documented - two things that I always appreciate in a history of a controversial area. She also deserves credit for undertaking her history as a multifaceted issue - she doesn't neglect the interrelations between events and peoples that have affected Celilo Falls and she is careful to point out what would be missed if the study were undertaken solely...more
Although an academic book, this details well the economic, military, jingoist, racist, and exploitative reasoning that brought The Dalles Dam into being. Celilo Falls was a section of the Columbia River where Native peoples—Celilo, Wasco, Yakima, Umatilla, and many others—had fished for salmon, met for trade, and existed for tens of thousands of years. The falls also made boat passage near impossible and lured whites to the fishing grounds. The Dalles Dam raised the waters and destroyed a sacred...more