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Location: Idaho/Oreogn         Length: 25 min

The basalt cliffs of Hells Canyon have witnessed the ebb and flow of Native American tribes, trappers, miners, and homesteaders as each has left a mark on America’s deepest river gorge. This film brings Hells Canyon to life through the accounts of historians; Horace Axtell, a descendent of Chief Joseph’s band of the Nez Perce; and early Hells Canyon residents, Violet Wilson, Ace Barton and Joe Jordan. These old-timers share stories of work and family, isolation and ingenuity, and a deep respect for the canyon they called home in the first half of the 20th Century.

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Produced by Hare in the Gate Productions

Copyright 2006 by Idaho Power Company

Association of Oregon Archaeologists

Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area (USDA Forest Service)

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National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (BLM)