Celilo calls back to Celilo Falls which were located on the Columbia River near the Dalles. The Wascos and other Native Americans traded and fished at the falls for thousands of years. In 1855, the Wasco people were relocated to Warm Springs Indian Reservation. In 1957, The Dalles Dam was built and flooded the falls. My own heritage is Wasco and Tlingit Indian.
My family spent our summers on a fire lookout on the reservation. I enjoyed spending time with my great grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I remember the joys of being in nature, running, rock hunting, huckleberry picking, playing at the Kah-nee-ta resort, eating my grandmother’s delicious meals including fish and huckleberry pies.