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Festivities at the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Festivities at the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Festivities at the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Festivities at the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Festivities at the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Festivities at the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Native American woman at the First Salmon Ceremony near Celilo, OR, held by several tribes including the Yakima.

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Preparing salmon for the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes, including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Preparing salmon for the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes, including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Preparing salmon for the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes, including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Preparing salmon for the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes, including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Preparing salmon for the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes, including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Preparing salmon for the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes, including the Yakima, near Celilo, OR.

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Troy Fairbanks prepares for the First Salmon Ceremony, held by several native American tribes including the Yakima in Celilo, OR.

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Native Americans fishing for salmon on the Columbia River.

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Native Americans fishing for salmon the Hoh river on the Olympic peninsula in Washington.

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Native Americans use traditional dip-netting methods to fish for salmon on the Deschuttes River, a tributary of the Columbia. They often throw back their catch of wild salmon.

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Native Americans use traditional dip-netting methods to fish for salmon on the Deschuttes River, a tributary of the Columbia. They often throw back their catch of wild salmon.

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Native Americans use traditional dip-netting methods to fish for salmon on the Deschuttes River, a tributary of the Columbia. They often throw back their catch of wild salmon.

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Native Americans use traditional dip-netting methods to fish for salmon on the Deschuttes River, a tributary of the Columbia. They often throw back their catch of wild salmon.

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Pink salmon migrate upstream toward a spawning ground on Adak Island, Alaska.

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Salmon fishing on the Columbia River in the Pacific northwest.

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To move salmon from hatcheries past dams on the Columbia River, the US Army Corps of Engineers has developed an elaborate system of piping and barging the fish out to sea.

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Salmon smolts are piped from the hatchery, barged past damsand released at the sea.

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A “fish ladder,” designed to move salmon smolts past dams on the Columbia River and out to sea.

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A “fish ladder,” designed to move salmon smolts past dams on the Columbia River and out to sea.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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Dead salmon on the Kulik River near Katmai National Park and Preserve. Grizzly bears pack this river every year and gorge themselves on the migrating salmon.

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A salmon counter at the Bonneville Dam tracks the species as it moves through the Columbia River system.

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A lucky young fisherman on the Wind River (trib. of the Columbia R.) holds up a Spring Chinook Salmon.

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These salmon, which served as food for black bears along Vancouver Island’s Kennedy River, will now decay and become food for the forest.

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This salmon, which served as food for black bears along Vancouver Island’s Kennedy River, will now decay and become food for the forest.

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Salmon heads washed up on the banks of the Columbia river at a Native American fish-cleaning site near Celilo, OR.

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