Multcolib Research Picks: Columbia River Photographs and History
Annotation:"The Columbia River Gorge, the most dramatic passage of the river, has been photographed continuously for nearly a century and a half." This book features historic and current photographs, selected from private collections, libraries and museums by the Northwest Photography Archive, a corporation that seeks to protect and provide access to the photographic heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
Annotation:The 'big bang' effect on the Columbia River in times past: "It is now generally agreed that between 15,000 and 18,000 years ago around 40 to 90 tremendous deluges of almost inconceivable force and dimension swept across large parts of the Columbia River drainage. Swollen by the floodwaters, the Columbia grew to contain 10 times the flow of all the rivers in the world today and 60 times the flow of the Amazon River. Nearly 16,000 square miles were inundated to depths of hundreds of feet, the greatest documented floods known to have occurred in North America." - from the Preface. A fascinating book for anyone interested in the geology of the Gorge.
Annotation:"The western third of the Lewis and Clark trail, what might be called Columbia River country, is both the most under analyzed segment of the captains' journey and home to some of the expedition's most mythologized episodes. This book deconstructs the myths and corrects some misunderstandings by re-examining several of the expedition's key trail experiences...." This book is a history of Lewis and Clark's journeys interspersed with quotations from the journals and commentary by the author.
Annotation:The story of environmental protection and economic development of the Gorge, from the passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area legislation to the present time, by a local environmental journalist.
Annotation:"This is a story of two communities located twelve miles apart on the Oregon banks of the mid-Columbia River and the ways in which a federal dam transformed them. The ancient Native fishing community of Celilo Village existed near the treacherous Celilo Falls and Long Narrows for millennia as a hub in a regional network of trade and cultural exchange. Recent emigrants comprising the city of The Dalles settled in the mid-1800's to sell goods to miners, plow bunchgrass into orchards and wheat fields, and, eventually, create a modern American town complete with an international port that would transport goods to and from the interior Pacific Northwest." - This book is an account of this pivital time in the history of the Columbia River.
Annotation:First hand accounts about the ecology of the Columbia River in the open plains east of the Dalles, based upon the author's travels camping through areas of this region to experience its landscapes, residents, environmental and political history. Photographs by Skip Smith in black and white.
Annotation:Excellent book for hikers, consisting of hikes primarily on the Oregon side of the Gorge. Easy through difficult levels to provide hiking enjoyment for a wide range of abilities.
Annotation:This book is a survey of petroglyphs in the larger region of the Columbia Plateau, that extends north into British Columbia, east to Montana, to the southern borders of Oregon and Idaho, and west to the Pacific. Charts of artifacts are grouped historically by era and by geography, with mythology of human, abstract, and animal forms. A fascinating book, with one entire chapter on "She Who Watches."
Annotation:A useful and unique guidebook, to plan ventures out along the Columbia, for all ages, or simply for armchair travel. "Follow in the paddle strokes of Lewis and Clark with this guide to the 146-mile stretch of the Columbia River from the Bonneville Dam to the coast. Boaters, hikers, and land-side travelers can follow in detail the day-by-day route of Lewis and Clark in 1805 and 1806, get practical directions for driving, docking, hiking and bicycling, and learn of native life and lore." - from the Foreword.
Annotation:"In November, 1805, Lewis and Clark followed the Columbia River to its mouth, where it meets the Pacific Ocean. On the Long Beach Peninsula, they completed their charge by Pres. Thomas Jefferson to reach the ocean." - from the Introduction. This book begins with the early communities of this area, amply illustrated with historic photographs and maps, spanning the time from the 1880's to the 1950's.
Annotation:"Native River tells the story of the middle portion of the Columbia River from Priest Rapids to the International Boundary. " -from the Preface. This book is a photographic tour of the river, with history told through stories and poems.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:Life in Eastern Washington, along the Columbia, for a family who headed out west to establish a home and orchards in the Priest Rapids Valley, a land of high winds, winter cold, and lack of water systems.
Annotation:An exhibition catalog of historic photographs and writings about the Columbia River, published by the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center: "...to bring images of the natural river into collective awareness. In the not-too-distant future the last person holding living memory of Celilo and Kettle falls will have died. For some, the old river is like a special grandparent who passed away before we were born." - from the Introduction
Annotation:An illustrated book of the commerce along the river, historically and currently. Interesting reading for anyone who has viewed with curiosity the myriad barges and commercial ships, domestic and foreign, that have passed by enroute to ports at sea or inland.
Annotation:A novelistic account of history of people and places along the Columbia. "The best sort of historical storytelling - vivid, well-said, and meaningful, an important, genuine pleasure. Robert Clark deserves nothing but praise and thanks for the gift of this book." - William Kittredge.
Annotation:Robert Adams is one of the most significant contemporary photographers of the American West. His photographs of the Columbia River show the merging of the river with the ocean.
Annotation:The Wallula Gap is in the eastern section of the Columbia River Gorge, near Walla Walla, the site of a wide bend in the river. This book tells the story of the geologic evidence of the Missoula floods, along with chapters about the ecology and groups of Native Americans and settlers who have lived in this area. Amply illustrated with historic photographs and maps.
Annotation:A second book by James Keyser, who wrote "Indian Rock Art of the Columbia Plateau," published by the Oregon Archaeological Society, and written with co-author Michael W. Taylor. This is a much shorter publication, with color illustrations, a perfect introduction for both students and adults.
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