Death of Celilo Falls

Katrine Barber (Author)

Product Details

University of Washington Press
Publish Date
November 22, 2005
5.62 X 0.67 X 8.52 inches | 0.73 pounds
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About the Author

Katrine Barber is assistant professor of history at Portland State University and an associate at the Center for Columbia River History.


Barber's useful study, like The Dalles Dam itself, takes on greater meaning as part of a larger pattern.

--American Historical Review

Barber mines little-known government archives and local newspaper files to put flesh on the bones of this complex historic moment, providing the reader a finely detailed analysis of the chain of events leading to the flooding of Celilo Falls and a sensitive appreciation of the complex aftermath.

--Western Historical Quarterly

Death of Celilo Falls is well-researched and crafted with great care for the people and environs of the now-submerged Celilo Falls.


A must-read for anyone interested in this momentous regional event. Barber has produced an important book that others, including writers, artists, shamans, perhaps even politicians, will reference for facts and insights as they interpret or reinterpret what happened only a half-century ago.

--The Oregonian

Katrine Barber is a gifted writer who manages to convey with literary flair her keen sense of the uniqueness and complexity of the Pacific Northwest-- its space, people, and history. Because of her talents and the appealing way in which she has brought all the threads together in this monograph, Death of Celilo Falls is highly recommended to all readers.

--Oregon Historical Quarterly