Percy Brigham: Chemawa School Bakery Discussion
A sound file collected by Tamastslikt Cultural Institute for use in the permanent exhibits in the Boarding School era.
Percy A. Brigham was born August 12, 1910 at Hopewell, Oregon to John Henry and Mary Philomena Chalifoux Bringham. He passed away at the age of 91 in Cayuse, Oregon on September 21, 2001.
He served with the U.S. Army in New Zealand, on Guadalcanal, and New Guinea during World War II.
He had been a resident at Celiol, Cascade Locks, Arlington and then the Umatilla Indian Reservation the last 15 years of his life.
His livelihood was fishing and hunting. He fished at Celilo Falls and was one of the first five who went back to the Columbia River to fish after the inundation of Celilo Falls. He was very knowledgeable about sturgeon fishing.
Percy had an incredible knowledge of the Tribes' history and was always hungry to learn more. He shared his knowledge freely, and was a great source of information and inspiration to Tamastslikt Cultural Institute staff. Malissa Minthorn-Winks