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When the River Ran Wild! Indian Traditions on the Mid-Columbia and the Warm Springs Reservation Paperback – June 17, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Samuel and Althea Stroum Books
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (June 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295984848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295984841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A richly rewarding read for anyone with a foothold in this dramatic landscape. Aguilar speaks with the authority of a person who has lived the Indian life from his earliest years. He also demonstrates a solid command of the academic literature of non-Indian ethnographers, folklorists, and historians and writes clear and often moving English prose. This is a powerful combination. Aguilar's insider account offers a uniquely valuable Native perspective on our region's history.

(Oregon Historical Quarterly)

Part memoir, part history, part a selection of primary source materials, this text is a meditation on the importance of the mid-Columbia River and its environs to the region's Indian people. It is a both a record of the past and a how-to manual for those who would like to resurrect traditional practices. Perhaps most significantly, it is a superb model for documenting place-specific Native history.

(Pacific Northwest Quarterly)

Book Description

A personal memoir and tribal history by a Native American elder

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry J. Bennett on January 28, 2013
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This is a well-written and informative book about the Columbia River and the Native American tribes that lived along it before the river was obstructed with several dams. This is a story everyone should know about what once was and will never be again. Highly recommended!
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