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Thrilling Look at Tribal Fishing Traditions Above the Waterfalls

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 10th, 2017 Last Updated on: January 10th, 2017

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:


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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Running Doe

this is wonderful, to fish for your family as I was taught growing up, when out picking wild plants to eat always leave some behind for new growth only take what you need,

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