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Nch'i-wána, "the Big River"

Mid-Columbia Indians and Their Land
Hunn, Eugene S. (Book - 1990)
Nch'i-wána, "the Big River"
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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.
Authors: Hunn, Eugene S.
Title: Nch'i-wána, "the big river"
Mid-Columbia Indians and their land
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, c1990
Characteristics: xi, 378 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Eugene S. Hunn with James Selam and family
Additional Contributors: Selam, James
Alternate Title: Big river
ISBN: 9780295971193
0295971193
9780295968513
0295968516
Branch Call Number: 979.7004 H938n
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-309) and index
Subject Headings: Indians of North America Columbia River Valley Social life and customs Salishan Indians Social life and customs Shahaptian Indians Social life and customs
Topical Term: Indians of North America
Salishan Indians
Shahaptian Indians
LCCN: 89014779
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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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