"Native River satisfies our curiosity to know what the mighty Columbia River once looked like when it ran wild and free. Featuring a wealth of illustrations, maps, and photographs, many never before published, this finely crafted book focuses on a 350-mile reach of the middle Columbia River - from Priest Rapids in south-central Washington to the U.S.-Canadian border. Layman gives us the unique opportunity of picturing the great river and man's relationship to it prior to the building of seven major dams that now harness the mid-Columbia's power and obscure its former features under reservoirs." The author affords each segment of this waterway its own unique rich visual documentation. This forms a backdrop to compelling river stories, told in a variety of perspectives and voices. Included are Native American legends and lore, the river's many petroglyphs and pictographs, accounts of white explorers and immigrants, and Layman's own insightful observations.