Dalles of the Columbia
Maple, acrylic paint, varnish, 2010
The Columbia River runs from the Canadian Rockies to Astoria, Oregon. It was the largest salmon fishery in what is now the lower 48. The most important of the fishing locations was Celilo Falls, which had been inhabited for approximately
15, 000 years. In 1957, the gates of the Dalles Dam closed, submerging the falls under a big lake in violation of Native American treaty rights. Salmon runs on the Columbia are a fraction of what they once were.