Thus wrote James P. Ronda in Lewis & Clark among the Indians. Yesterday, I wrote about some of the food observations in this book, and now I would like to introduce some of the other examples of material culture that the author describes. First, some examples of ermine head coverings.
|Our speaker, JR Spenser from the Nez Perce tribe, wore a traditional headdress
and beaded vest for his excellent talk to the guests onboard the Quest.
|In the museum at the Nez Perce reservation, we saw a
More images from the museum in The Nez Perce National Historic Park near Lewiston, Idaho.
|Beaded cradle board.
|Not far from the museum: the site of an amusing legend about the trickster coyote and two other beasts:
an ant and a yellow-jacket, who fought at the site of the arch in the photo, and ended up turned to stone.
|A mural in The Dalles, Oregon, a location important to the tribes visited by Lewis and Clark.
Who was Sacagawea?
“Perhaps the most persistent Lewis and Clark myth is that Sacagawea ‘guided’ the party to the Pacific. In countless statues, poems, paintings, and books she is depicted as a westward-pointing pathfinder providing invaluable direction for bewildered explorers. In the interest of correction, there has been a tendency to underestimate Sacagawea’s genuine achievements as a member of the Corps of Discovery. Not as important as George Drouillard or John Ordway, the young woman did make significant contributions to the expedition’s success.”
|One of many statues of Sacagawea.
|Another statue, at Fort Clatsop historic park on
the site where Lewis and Clark spent the last winter of their expedition.