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what is celilo?

Celilo Falls, near the present-day city of The Dalles, Oregon, was the most important salmon fishing and cultural gathering site in the entire Columbia River basin for thousands of years. In 1957, The Dalles Dam gates closed, choking back the river, submerging the falls, and devastating the traditional peoples.

As a writer, environmentalist and physician, Celilo Falls inspires me to the action prescribed by my Jewish tradition of tikkun olam — the mandate to work to heal and repair the world. (Read more about Tikkun olam here.). Biologists, environmentalists and Native American look to dams as underlying obstacles to ecosystemic, cultural and personal health. As a physician, I work with you to find what hinders your health, to help reveal the power, magic and joy that are your birthright.

For more information, see:
celilo falls per wikipedia
celilo falls, columbia inter-tribal fish commission
more on celilo falls
oregon historical society on celilo falls

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