Nch'i-wána, "the Big River"

Mid-Columbia Indians and Their Land

Hunn, Eugene S.

Book - 1990
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Nch'i-wána, "the Big River"
The mighty Columbia River cuts a deep gash through the Miocene basalts of the Columbia Plateau, coursing as well through the lives of the Indians who live along its banks. Known to these people as Nch’i-Wana (the Big River), it forms the spine of their land, the core of their habitat. At the turn of the century, the Sahaptin speakers of the mid-Columbia lived in an area between Celilo Falls and Priest Rapids in eastern Oregon and Washington. They were hunters and gatherers who survived by virtue of a detailed, encyclopedic knowledge of their environment. Eugene Hunn’s authoritative study focuses on Sahaptin ethnobiology and the role of the natural environment in the lives and beliefs of their descendants who live on or near the Yakima, Umatilla, and Warm Springs reservations.

Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, c1990
ISBN: 9780295971193
Branch Call Number: 979.7004 H938n
Characteristics: xi, 378 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Selam, James
Alternate Title: Big river


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The author worked with James Selam, an elder in the Native American tribespeople of the Columbia River Gorge, to create this book, that records traditional environmental, cultural, and ecological knowledge of the First Nations peoples of the Gorge.

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Dec 20, 2011
  • debbamomma rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

id like to read that book is there any avail. for barrow. please james selam is my daughters gpa, n her stepmother is loretta selam.white......thanks......


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