Soar through the narrow canyons of the Klickitat River where you will find a beautiful series of platforms resting on the cliff-sides over the raging water. Together with the team from EarthFix and Oregon Public Broadcasting we hear from Yakima Nation elders as they speak of how things once were and remember the importance of passing their traditional knowledge down through generations. A father and son give us an intimate glimpse into how the native form of fishing feeds families and honors stories from the past. Story Gorge cameras were granted exclusive access to the plat forms on, above, and under it this delightfully visual journey.
With over one million views on YouTube, this is our most wide spread story to date!
"It's cool to be with people who get it and have been through it, and understand it. By day two it felt like we were family, we knew each other for years.
"After diagnosis, after my amputation, it was after my leg was healed. I had my prothesis, everybody thought I should be moving on, and figuring out what to do with the rest of my life, because now I have different values and different priorities."
-James Kiona Jr.
When EarthFix first approached us about collaborating on this story, we couldn't begin to imagine what would come of the collective effort. Throughout the process we were able to completely immerse ourselves in the native fishing community. In the end, we left with more than a great collection of stories. We left with new found friendship and a community we will certainly continue to support. Most importantly, the positive impact on this community is now wide spread. With over 950,000 views on facebook alone, this piece has reached the masses and continues to inspire and educate.