• Roll on Columbia: 
The Landscape and Culture of the Columbia River Treaty

Roll on Columbia: The Landscape and Culture of the Columbia River Treaty

Curated by: Eileen Delehanty Pearkes

June 8 - August 17, 2019

Roll on Columbia explores the complex legacy of the 50 year-old Columbia River Treaty. The exhibition explores the local and national controversy over a treaty that authorized four mega projects for flood control and increased hydro-power efficiencies, but also negatively impacted ecosystems and human communities without local consultation.

Roll on Columbia takes its name from the Woody Guthrie fold song of the same name, dated from the era of the Great Depression when mega projects such as dams were celebrated and embraced. Nearly a century later, there is widespread understanding that these large-scale interventions have transformed human culture’s relationship to water and the ecology of rivers, and not necessarily for the better.

View the exhibition and ask yourself – do the public values that originally formed the treaty remain the same today?