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Ktunaxa First Nation Elder Albert Joseph reflects on the painful loss of salmon at the headwaters near Invermere, BC. In the summer of 1938, his grandfather went to the shore of the Columbia to greet the annual return of Pacific salmon. Weeks went by, then months without a single fish. Did they somehow upset the Creator? They had no way of knowing that the near completion of the Grand Coulee Dam downstream forever blocked the ancient migration. (Image is part of Peter Marbach’s installation in the upcoming Art as Activism invitational exhibit opening March 2 at Columbia Center for the Arts — see Marbach’s column, page B2).

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