The Spokane Falls and River served as the center of culture and community for the Spokane Tribe. Divided into three groups—the Lower, Upper, and Middle Spokane—the Spokane Tribe used the falls as a gathering place not only for fishing but also for celebrations, ceremonies, games, and time as a community. The base of the falls where the Spokane River meets Latah Creek was used as a permanent winter camp by the Spokane.
The tribe still gathers at the falls annually with the Gathering at the Falls Powwow. The celebration of culture, dance, food, and community happens in late August and draws tribal members from all over the region. In fact, over 200 tribes have been represented at the GATF Powwow through dance and song. While the chinook salmon no longer come to the Falls, the people still gather there to remember and share in a tribal culture that is vibrant, alive, and moving into the future.