EarthFix recently broadcast a fascinating show about the tribal traditions of fisherman from the Yakama Nation. These fisherman boldly stand on scaffolding high above the rushing water below using dip nets. Talk about a rush!
For thousands of years, generations of tribal fishermen have learned to fish on platforms above the falls. That tradition continues in fishermen like James Kiona Jr., who grew up watching his elders fish here.
“As a young kid, I ran up and down this whole river – just all over the place with my brothers and sisters and cousins,” he said. “All the elders would tell us to be careful around the river because it is a very violent river.”
You have to see video of this to really get a feel of how dangerous this water can be!
You can hear the full EarthFix radio episode below: