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Snoqualmie Falls, King County, Washington

National American Indian Heritage Month
November, 2010

[photo] Snoqualmie Falls, King County, Washington
Public Domain photograph, couresy of Cefka from wikipedia

Snoqualmie Falls is a 268-foot waterfall on the Snoqualmie River located in eastern King County, Washington, historically significant for its close association with the traditional cultural heritage of the Snoqualmie Indians.  The waterfall figures prominently in the origin myth recorded more than 60 years ago by anthropologists. It is related among the Snoqualmie that  Moon the Transformer created the falls from a fishing weir (a trap created to trap fish while letting water run through) while he was giving shape to the natural environment and the Indian people. The Snoqualmie Falls have also been identified by some contemporary tribal members as the location of a powerful waterfall spirit and a traditional venue for acquiring spirit power.  Although the site of a hydroelectric facility for nearly a century, the Falls retains significant integrity of physical character and associative values to manifest its cultural significance and to retain an important place in the cultural continuation of the Snoqualmie people. Snoqualmie Falls is within the historic territory of the Snoqualmie Indians and the upper and lower bands of Snoqualmie people had a tradition where upper Snoqualmie people (who lived on the prairies above the Falls) received salmon fishing privileges from people below the falls, while the Lower Snoqualmie people received prairie resources such as deer in return. According to several tribal elders, the Falls divides the spirits of the Snoqualmie into prairie and valley spirits, which meet at the Falls making Snoqualmie Falls a site of special spiritual power. Snoqualmie Falls was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on October 2, 2009.

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