7 Yakama and Colvelle Reservation Indians, ca. 1910. Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs--Portraits of Chiefs and Other Members of Tribes. Courtesy Gallery of the Open Frontier.
Arlie Neskahi discusses the history of the Wanapum, one of the many tribes in the Columbia Basin who, with the Yakama, Klickitat, Palus and dozens of other tribes, formed an interrelated continuity of peoples sharing similar beliefs and lifestyles.
Brian Bull shares the story of Nathan Jim, Yakama elder, who in his lifetime, has seen some Yakama traditions threatened by today’s environment. Today, he is working with his people to keep the land, the Columbia River and its people healthy and protect it from the damaging effects of the nearby Hanford Nuclear plant.
Don Addison teaches us an essential term from the Yakima language, which is one of the northwestern dialects of the Sahaptian language family. Read more »