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At Weippe prairie, a council is held with the Nez Perce and the message of peace and understanding is well received. The men begin to trade for food and elk leather to make new shirts. The Nez Perce women collect and dry camas roots.

the men trade a few old tin Canisters for dressed Elk Skin to make themselves Shirts,
The twisted hare envited Capt Lewis & myself to his lodge

William Clark

Clark, Lewis and Walamottinin (Chief Twisted Hair)

Statue of Clark, Lewis and Walamottinin (Chief Twisted Hair)

This morning we had clear pleasant weather.

Joseph Whitehouse

Mussellshell Meadow

Mist rising from golden meadow in early morning light

The twisted hare envited Capt Lewis & myself to his lodge which was nothin more than Pine bushes & bark

William Clark

Wickiup shelter

Small dome shelter built of sticks

Photo by Edward S. Curtis circa 1924.

the women were busily employed in gathering and drying the Pas-she co root of which they had great quantites dug in pile

William Clark

Digging for camas

Indian woman bent over digging with a stick

Photo by Edward S. Curtis circa 1910.

They dress themselves with Mountain sheep, (Ibex) deer & Elk skins, which they dress & make very pliable. They have Buffalo Robes among them, but don't wish to part with any of them.—

Joseph Whitehouse

Nez Perce tail dress

Full-length unornamented dress made of animal skins

Photo courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 34191.

In the Evening we had a Shower of Rain attended with thunder.

Joseph Whitehouse

Weippe Prairie

Storm clouds passing over a grassy prairie