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Dipnet fishing at the Cul-De-Sac of Celilo Falls (Columbia River) around 1957.

Image: Army Corps of Engineers (Public Domain)

On the Wall Street of the Columbia

Betting, trading, and everyday storytelling as a Shoshone-Bannock Native America

Edmo details life and legend on the Columbia River. Before the completion of the Dalles Dam in 1957, Celilo Falls was the longest continually inhabited Native American community in North America. After the dam's construction, however, Celilo Falls disappeared under the stopped up waters and as a result, a whole culture of betting, trading, fishing and storytelling vanished along with it, as Edmo explains.

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Ed Edmo


Ed Edmo is a Shoshone-Bannock poet, playwright, performer, traditional storyteller, tour guide and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture. Ed offers guided tours to the She Who Watches petroglyphs on the Columbia Gorge, as well as to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon's high desert country. Ed conducts workshops, traditional storytelling performances, dramatic monologues and lectures on such issues as cultural understanding and awareness, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health. He is a published short story writer, poet and playwright, and serves as a consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.

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