She remembers celebrating the salmon runs in Oregon’s rich Columbia River.
Where the salmon were thick and plentiful and the river’s spray cleansed her soul.
The first salmon run of the year always heralded a traditional Wasco Indian Celebration - traveling for four days in horse drawn wagons, gathering huckleberries and harvesting the salmon - just as her own mother had done.
Catherine taught her own daughter, Mavis, the Wasco ways of knowing when the salmon would be plentiful.
“In spring, when the fields fill with yellow flowers, the rivers will fill with salmon,” Catherine says.