Saying Farewell to Kettle Falls, on the Columbia - 1940


Saying Farewell to Kettle Falls, on the Columbia - Wallace Gamble

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Headed by Chief Jim James, center, with the beaded vest, these Colville and others give the farewell sign to their traditional fishing grounds at Kettle Falls.

In June of 1940 Native Americans from across the Northwest gathered for a three-day "Ceremony of Tears" to mourn the loss of the falls, soon to be flooded by the new Grand Coulee Dam. Kettle Falls was second only to Celilo Falls (which was inundated by The Dalles Dam in 1957) as a fishing and gathering place for Native Americans along the Columbia.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1190
Photographer Wallace Gamble
Location Washington State
Subject Group Portraits, Native Americans, Waterfalls
Decade 1940s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 6.1 x 8.8 inches
Photographer's Number No