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Welcoming back the “Little Salmon”

Since ancient time, the Nez Perce witnessed the return of Chinook, sockeye, coho, and steelhead to their waters. During the twentieth century, though, those numbers dwindled. The coho were hit hardest, driven to extinction in the Snake River Basin. Thanks to Nez Perce...
Honoring First Salmon

Honoring First Salmon

One of the Columbia River tribes’ most important ceremonies is the First Salmon Feast. This salmon ceremony occurs before open fishing takes place. It is why every fishing season begins with a ceremonial harvest for fishers to catch salmon for use in these ceremonies....

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