Gaffing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - 1921


Gaffing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - Prentiss

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Sometimes called "Spearing for Salmon", this popular view shows the use of the gaff hook - a sharp hook at the end of a long pole, used to stab the fish and then lift it to shore. The hook itself can be seen more clearly in detail view 1. This traditional type of fishing was used by Native Americans in combination with net fishing - both gaffs and nets attached to poles worked by men on platforms or on rocks along the river shore.

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

Additional Information

Item Number AA0818
Photographer Arthur M. Prentiss
Location Celilo Falls, Wasco County
Subject Fishing, Native Americans
Decade 1920s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 5.5 x 7.4 inches
Photographer's Number No