River of Memory

River of Memory

The Everlasting Columbia

Book - 2006
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The Columbia River of today bears little resemblance to the riverNative Americans, First Nations, and settlers knew in the earlytwentieth century. Engineering has transformed much of the river into aseries of large reservoirs contained by fourteen hydroelectric dams.While many grieved the loss of the free-flowing river, others embraceda newly tamed waterway that could control floods, irrigate desertlands, and supply electrical power for the growing region.

River of Memory honours a place and time now gone fromview. It restores an unfettered Columbia through more than ninetyhistorical photographs that capture the river as it once appeared. Thisextraordinary visual record is accompanied by the words of earlyexplorers, surveyors, and naturalists who wrote about specific placesalong the river and by the work of contemporary Canadian and Americanwriters and poets.

Organized to carry the reader from the mouth of the Columbia whereit enters the ocean to its source in eastern British Columbia, thenarrative introduces the natural history of the river through thearchetypal journey of salmon returning to the river's headwatersin Columbia Lake. Introducing each section are colour illustrations ofsalmon and other indigenous fish by noted artist Joseph Tomelleri.

River of Memory fosters connections between theriver's natural and human histories by encouraging readers tolinger along the river's shores and spend time reflecting on itsdramatic mountain and plateau landscapes.

Publisher: Wenatchee, Wash. : Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center ; Seattle : University of Washington Press ; Vancouver : UBC Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780774813037
Branch Call Number: 979.7 L427r 2006
Characteristics: xv, 150 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 23 x 29 cm


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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 Celi... Read More »

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