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
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.
By John Webster
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.
Hover over the Spokane falls with this aerial video of water rushing through the basalt river gorge in downtown Spokane. Click here for the flyover
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.
By Eli Francovich and Becky Kramer
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.
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.