Umatilla River

Date Posted:
Sep 10, 2020, 04:20 PM
Umatilla River

This waystation is at the edge of Riverfront Park in Hermiston, OR. I chose a lawnmower-proof sloping section of land close to the Umatilla River. Umatilla is the name of the Native American nation who lived along this river and other rivers around the the Columbia Plateau. In 1855 they were forced to surrender their homelands.

Biking through endless acres of monocrop wheat fields and crossing the Columbia again at the McNary Dam, I'm seeing how these rivers play a vital role in the agriculture industry around these parts. And of course, modern industrial agriculture is one of the main forces destroying monarch habitat. Well, here's a few seeds to hopefully counter these entwined histories of exploitation.