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July 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

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Lamprey: bringing back an ancient species


MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A cooler full of Pacific lamprey will be taken to tribal elders, who eagerly await the oily meat of the fish.

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Theodore Walsey tosses an eel into a net held by his uncle, Bobby Begay. "To us, they are sacred food," says Begay, of the Yakama Indian Nation.

MARK HARRISON/ THE SEATTLE TIMES

Steven Begay sits between rocks at Willamette Falls and fills a net with lamprey as he and other fishermen continue an ancient tradition.

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