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Shadow of history

“It’s almost like a pilgrimage for me in the spring. I have to go down there just for the feeling of being next to that water when it’s at its full force.”
-- Barry Moses, member of the Spokane Tribe and teacher of the Spokane Salish language

River’s soul is fast-moving water

By Eli Francovich and Becky Kramer
Staff writers

When Barry Moses stares at the roiling spring waters of the Spokane River, especially near the dams, he sees what he calls “a shadow of the history of how things used to be.” In Spokane Salish, the language traditionally spoken by the Spokane Tribe, the river was known as the “place of fast water.” Over the years dams up and down the river have slowed that fast moving water. But during the spring run-off the pace quickens.

That place where ghosts of salmon jump

By Sherman Alexie

This poem was commissioned as public art for Spokane’s downtown library. The poem’s author, Sherman Alexie, is a a member of the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Indian tribes and has written nationally recognized novels, short stories and poetry.


Down by the riverside, Spokane found its heritage

By John Webster
Staff writer

One bright spring morning in 1873, James Glover rode his horse over some foothills and there, spread before him, lay his future and the future of a city he would build, a city now named Spokane.


Water under the bridge

The rocks and the water are the constant in this look back at all that surrounds the Spokane falls in the heart of downtown Spokane.

Video: Spring runoff at Post Falls Dam

The Spokane River branches into three channels that flow through the Post Falls hydroelectric complex. All of the dam’s spillway gates on the north channel were open Friday morning.