Historical Introduction: The Yakama Nation
with Arlie Neskahi
Welcome to Wisdom of the Elders. I’m Arlie Neskahi.
The late afternoon sun scattered in the waters of the Snake River. And the River People danced. Each of the two hundred men beat his own drum and formed a semicircle around the white men from the east, who sat in the river side camp nodding their approval. Some of the white men continued to work, unloading their canoes and cooking the dog meat. The River People danced. And their dance was a prayer. For there had been many prophecies of the coming of “a different kind of man.” And this man would bring wealth and new ways, but would also usher in an era of terrible chaos and destruction.