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Celilo First Salmon Feast

As they have for centuries, tribes from the Columbia Basin gather in Celilo, a tiny town on the banks of the Columbia River where they prepare one hundred salmon on cedar spikes. This annual ceremony in April marks the return of the salmon and is a celebration of the providence of the Creator.

Yakima and Warm Springs Indians have an Easter festival to honor the beginning of Salmon fishing season in Celilo, Oregon.
Yakima and Warm Springs Indians have an Easter festival to honor the beginning of Salmon fishing season in Celilo, Oregon.
Yakima and Warm Springs Indians have an Easter festival to honor the beginning of Salmon fishing season in Celilo, Oregon.
Yakima and Warm Springs Indians have an Easter festival to honor the beginning of Salmon fishing season in Celilo, Oregon.
A mother and daughter pull salmon from their gill nets on their families' platform. Bonneville Dam in the background. Indian Fishers at Cascade Locks near Portland, Oregon fish for Salmon on platforms that have been in their family for generations. The Indians are the only peoples with permits to fish this way on the Columbia River. They sell fresh Salmon to buyers from the area. They use traditional dip net and gill net fishing.more
Yakima and Warm Springs Indians have an Easter festival to honor the beginning of Salmon fishing season in Celilo, Oregon.
Yakima and Warm Springs Indians have an Easter festival to honor the beginning of Salmon fishing season in Celilo, Oregon.
Yakima and Warm Springs Indians have an Easter festival to honor the beginning of Salmon fishing season in Celilo, Oregon.
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