In March 2009, President Barack Obama signed a comprehensive lands bill that designated 387 miles of the Snake River and its headwaters in Wyoming as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
This video features author and river runner Verne Huser, who has spent 50 years on the Snake, and James Trosper, Shoshone medicine man and great-great-grandson of Chief Washakie. The Snake River takes its name from the Shoshone tribe, who were given the nickname "Snake Indians" because of their sinuous greeting sign.
Verne and James floated the Snake River together with Barker-Ewing Scenic Trips in Grand Teton National Park after participating in the 11th annual Summit on the Snake, a daylong educational symposium put on by the Snake River Fund (snakeriverfund.org).
The audio clips were recorded during the summit. The video features footage of the river in Grand Teton park and the Snake River Canyon south of Jackson, Wyo., including the fearsome Lunch Counter Rapid.
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