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Discovery Center presents First Foods of NW Tribes



Learning from the elders: Linda with her great-grandparents.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum presents Linda Meanus with "First Foods of the Northwest Tribes, Friday, Sept. 11. The Culture a la Carte dinner is at 6 p.m., the program begins at 7 p.m.

Linda Meanus will share the importance of the sacred first foods as a part of the traditional and cultural life of Native Americans, why first foods were considered sacred long before people existed and the native people's view that the first foods were here as "Elders" to teach the people important lessons. Those attending the program will learn about the Native American traditions of harvesting and preparing these sacred native plants, the value of the nutrients and caring for natural resources. As the great-granddaughter of Chief Tommy Thompson, and Flora Thompson of the Wy'am people of Celilo, Linda grew up respecting and learning from her Elders.

The dinner menu includes salmon with huckleberry sauce, wild rice pilaf, salad, rolls, and huckleberry dessert. Tickets for the dinner and program are $20, the program only is just $5. Reserve your space by Sept. 8, online at or call (541) 296-8600 ext. 201.


Linda Meanus will present a program about foods as part of the Native American culture and tradition.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Hands-on, multi-media exhibits illuminate the cultural and natural history of the Gorge, including Ice Age geology, Native American culture, Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, trade, transportation, renewable energy, Ecology, live raptor presentations and more. The museum is wheel-chair accessible, and family friendly, with a Kids Explorer room. Riverfront Trail offers hiking and biking, and a native plant nature trail circles the pond next to the museum. The Discovery Center is located off I-84 exit 82, at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon, 97058. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum adult admission is $9, seniors $7, kids 6 to 16 are $5, and children 5 and under free. Live raptor presentations are held daily 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. most days. Call to confirm the schedule. Columbia River Trading Company museum store is open daily. For more information, phone (541) 296-8600 ext. 201, or visit


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