Virginia Beavert - River People

Virginia Beavert talks about how the river is experienced by indigenous people of the Columbia River. It was created for them but requires them to take care of it for their survival.

The following text is a transcription of this video.
"It was almost like a religion. The way they felt about the river. They kept saying, you know, it was created for them. Because it's where all these people came to fish. And they just had this feeling like the river was a person. And it was providing all this, to benefit, for their survival you know. Food survival. And they talked about how they had all of these taboos. And they worried about the people that were supposed to observe these taboos coming down to the river to fish. Because they felt like it would contaminate the river and turn away the salmon."