The Dalles in Wasco County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Importance of Salmon
Salmon is the subject of countless legends of Wasco, Wishram, Tenino, Klickitat and other people of the Dalles. Archaeologists, anthropologists, and ethnographers have solid evidence that salmon fishing dominated the lifestyle of the people of the mid-Columbia River. One village site yielded over 250,000 salmon remains that date back approximately 10,000 years.
"Each good fishing site on the myriad channels had a name, many of which conveyed information about how it was used such as sapawifalartpama ('for netting jumping fish'), tayxaypama ('for spearing fish'), qiyakawas ('gaffing place'), and swaycas ('long pole,' for long-handled dip nets), The rocks and islands were often named for the families that used them." -- Carolyn Gilman
As the Lewis and Clark expedition
April 19, 1806, on the return trip, Clark saw a first salmon ceremony. He writes. "There was great joy with the natives last night in consequence of the arrival of the Salmon; one of those fish was caught, this was the harbinger of good news to them... this fish was dressed and being divided into Small pieces was given to each Child in the village."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Anthropology & Archaeology • Exploration • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
Location. 45° 36.413′ N, 121° 11.277′ W. Marker is in The Dalles, Oregon, in Wasco County. Marker can be reached from West 1st Street near Union Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 West 1st Street, The Dalles OR 97058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The White Man Legend (here, next to this marker); Trade Center for 10000 Years (here, next to this marker); The Lewis & Clark Expedition (a few steps from this marker); Rumor of Attack (a few steps from this marker); Establishing Rock Fort (a few steps from this marker); Archaeology of Lewis & Clark (a few steps from this marker); The Mill Creek Tunnel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Peter's Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The Dalles.
More about this marker. This marker is located at Rock Fort.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.