Wednesday, April 02, 2008
In 1933, the salmon people gathered at Ilwaco as they had done since time immemorial. The Chinook gave blessings as they began their journeys to feed their relatives as far away as Canada, Montana, and Wyoming. Some would go near to the Cowlitz, the Willamette and Warm Springs, the Klickitat, and the Umatilla. Others would continue to the Yakama, Wenatchee and Wanapum, the Omak and Okanagan, the Cayuse and Walla Walla. The strongest swimmers would feed the Colville and Shuswap, the Kalispel and Spokane, the Flathead, Grand Ronde, Nez Perce and Shoshone. After that, things would never be the same.