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Lifeways
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Aurelia describes her connection to Celilo Falls and what it means to be Wyam. She describes the continuity of culture along the river.
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Lifeways, Natural Resources
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Wilbur Slockish explains that indigenous lifeways have built-in conservation practices, meaning that the very foundation is a necessary respect for the water and land that provide food resources.
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Lifeways, Natural Resources
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Johnny Jackson tells a story about catching fish at Celilo Falls and how the river made the salmon strong.
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Lands, Government to Government Relations
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Bill Yallup, Jr. talks about Chief Kamiakin and the his vision for the treaty signing.
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Lands, Natural Resources
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Tanna Engdahl explains the Cowlitz scientific understanding of water and the skies as well as the land.
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Language
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Tony Johnson describes Chinuk Wawa, the pidgen language known as "Chinook Jargon" that is the one of the remaining living Chinook languages and was widely used for trading in the Northwest.
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Lands
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Bobbie Conner explains the consequences of divide and conquer tactics used against people who are closely connected along the river.
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Lands, Natural Resources
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Wilbur Slockish tells a story of a life lesson he learned from a man named Hobart Garneaux while in prison for "illegal" fishing.
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Religion
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Johnny Jackson talks about the spiritual connection to the Columbia River.
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Lifeways
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Bryson Liberty describes growing up fishing on McCoy Creek, which at one point dried up. It has since been revitalized by Columbia River Tribes and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC).
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Economy/Economic Development, Education, Government to Government Relations, Lifeways
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Tanna Engdahl explains how by adopting written languages the Cowlitz were able to keep records that allowed them to preserve elements of their culture and use that ability in the fight for federal recognition.
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Lifeways
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Tony Johnson explains how his cultural lifeways are his inheritance and that it has value that continues to need to be passed down to future generations.