Come to Our Salmon Feast 1959 First Edition by Martha Ferguson McKeown ~ Celilo Falls, Oregon ~Warm Springs Indians ~Columbia River Fishing


Title: Come to Our Salmon Feast

Author: Martha Ferguson McKeown
Illustrator: Photographs by Archie W. McKeown

Description: Second printing (1969). Terra cotta color cloth boards, lettered and decoratively stamped in black. Previous owner's label on reverse side of ffep, else interior clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has several short closed tears; a couple small chips to top edge of rear panel; price clipped; in an archival mylar sleeve. 78, [2] pages. 9.5 x 8 inches.

An account for children, describing the Wyam tribe, known as the Celilo Indians, and their annual salmon feast at Celilo Falls, as it was in the years just prior the construction and flooding caused by The Dalles Dam in 1957. Accompanied by photographs on every page, the narrative describes the traditions of fishing, rituals, dances, prayers, persons and roles (Chief Tommy Kuni Thompson, his son Henry, grandsons Richards and Davis, Chief Yallup, and others), involved in the celebration.

Written by Martha Ferguson McKeown (1903-1974), a native of Astoria, graduate of Willamette University and the University of Oregon, and the only white woman ever taken into the Wyam tribe. Her husband, Archie, took the photographs and was the only person Chief Thompson allowed to take pictures during the 'the blessing of the great foods.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Very Good

Publisher: Binfords & Mort
Place: Portland, Oregon
Year: 1959

Keywords: Celilo Falls, Sahaptin, Native Americans, Oregon, Columbia River, Tenino people, Warm Springs, fishing,

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