The Fishers Memorial is a tribute to those who have fished on the Columbia River for thousands of years. It will be located on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River, inside the Columbia Hills State Park.
About the Fishers Memorial
The Fishers Memorial project is focused on honoring the many fishers who have lost their lives while fishing on the Columbia River. The Columbia River is known historically, by Native Americans in the region, as N’Chi Wana, or the Big River.
The project was created in concert with tribal leadership from Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce. The task force is being led by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) in accordance with tribal leadership.
The task force began their work in April 2011. To date, they have reviewed fishers memorials from around the world for ideas on how to proceed. They decided that the memorial would be located at Columbia Hills State Park. That park is a secure, culturally-significant site that contains ancient petroglyphs and pictographs on its rock walls. The site, located in Dallesport, WA, presents a broad view of the great river (Columbia) and is easily accessed from HWY 14.
Currently, the task force is in the process of raising funds to build the memorial. Your help is greatly appreciated.