Wednesday, January 7, 2004
"Huckleberry Pilgrimage" is the new exhibit on display Jan. 9 through March 1 at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson.
The exhibit consists of 22 photographs by forest service photographer Ray M. Filloon, 1933-37, in the Sawtooth Berryfields in Skamania County.
Like his predecessor Edward Curtis, Filloon believed he was capturing a vanishing way of life in photographing Native Americans at their camps in the berry fields. Most of the people in his photographs are from the Columbia River, Yakama, and Warm Springs reservations.
He saw the period of transition from horseback travel to automobiles in the Indian camps, and he felt that it was very important to document traditional practices with his images.
The annual huckleberry pilgrimage continues and although some practices have changed, descendants of the people in Filloon's photographs return to the same campsites each summer to gather berries.
The original photographs are from the archives of the Gifford Pinchot National forest.
The exhibit has been shown at the Smith Center Gallery, Portland State University, and the Yakama National Cultural Center.
It includes a display of basketry associated with the traditional huckleberry gathering.