Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Title:
Plate 274 Wishham Fisherman
Date:
1909
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
“Among the middle course of the Columbia at places where the abruptness of the shore and the up-stream set of an eddy make such method possible, salmon were taken, and still are taken, by means of a long-hauled dip-net. At favorable seasons a man will, in a few hours, secure several hundred salmon - as many as the matrons and girls of his household can care for in a day.” – Edward Curtis

The Wishham did not follow game, nor wander from their villages on the Columbia river. Neither were they hunters of buffalo, nor farmers. They depended upon the fish taken from the river and surrounding plants. As such their homes were permanent structures of timbers and planks located close to the river.

Their position on the river being one of the very best for taking fish, the Wishham had an unlimited supply for their own use and ample stores for barter, which gave them everything they needed. Volume VIII of The North American Indian
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