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Roll on, Big River: Book explores the Columbia River, its diversity of landscapes and cultures

Author says it's a ‘defining moment’ for the river system

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian staff writer
Published: June 7, 2024, 6:03am
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A Yakama tribal fisherman on a traditional fishing platform on the Klickitat River.
A Yakama tribal fisherman on a traditional fishing platform on the Klickitat River. (David Moskowitz) Photo Gallery

The river that one white explorer named after his own ship in 1792 — the Columbia — has been called many things in many languages, but perhaps the simplest, broadest name is also the truest: Big River.

“In my own quest to understand this river, it was the name ‘Big River’ that captured the magnitude and importance of this river system and all contained within it,” writes photographer and wildlife biologist David

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