Native Americans dipnet fishing for Salmon at the Celilo Falls on the Columbia River, 1953.
Native Americans dipnet fishing for Salmon at the Cul-De-Sac of Celilo Falls on the Columbia River in Oregon. netting salmon at Coills Falls on the Columbia River, August 21, 1953. This famed fishing site was later submerged by the Dalles Dam and is now underwater as Lake Celilio. For 11,000 years, Celilo Falls was the most significant economic and cultural hub for native peoples on the Columbia. It was located east of the modern city of The Dalles. An estimated 15 to 20 million salmon passed through the falls every year, making it one of the greatest fishing sites in North America. The falls were strategically located at the border between Chinookan and Sahaptian speaking peoples and served as the center of an extensive trading network across the Pacific Plateau. It was the oldest continuously inhabited community on the North American continent until 1957, when it was submerged by the construction of The Dalles Dam and the native fishing community was displaced.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download