For many generations into the twentieth century Mary Jim, her family, and their ancestors lived a free and open life on the Columbia Plateau, moving from the Snake River to Badger Mountain to Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Their stories are rich in content, interpretation, and nuance. Denied a place on their ancestral lands, the original Snake River-Palouse people were forced to scatter. Maintaining their cultural identity became increasingly difficult. Still, elders continued to pass down oral histories.