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Boys fishing at Celilo Falls

Salmon fishing has been a part of Indian culture in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years.

Welcome to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission website just for kids. We are a group of Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest who share a culture based on salmon. We are the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Spring, and Nez Perce tribes. Salmon connects these four tribes. You could say that we are Salmon People.

In our language, Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum means “Salmon People.” If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you’re a Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum, too! Salmon have been important to the Indians in this area for thousands of years, and are just as important today. We think that if you knew how amazing and important salmon, lamprey, and healthy rivers were, you might want to help protect them.

Explore these pages to learn more about the fish and Indians from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Click the topics on the left to start exploring.

Salmon Activity Book

Keep learning about salmon, healthy rivers, and the tribes when you’re not online with this fun activity book. It includes coloring sheets, connect-the-dots, mazes, and other activities designed just for elementary kids.

Download then print out the activity book here: CRITFC Salmon Activity Book (2.7 MB)

Educators: If you’d like to get copies of the activity book for your classroom, click here for information.