’Indian fisher using dipnet.’
At Sherars Falls, 10 km north of Maupin, a Native American of the Warm Springs tribe is fishing in the Deschutes River, using a dipnet. When a fish enters the net the force can be so big that the fisher is pulled from his rickety platform. So for safety reasons he has a rope tied round his waist, securing him to the shore. Only the inhabitants of the Warm Springs Reservation (which is situated further south) have the privilege of fishing this way. The platforms used in this way of fishing are built during low water levels and are the property of a family. Photo Mick Palarczyk.