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The men wake the Captains this Christmas morning with a shout and a song. Tobacco is given to the smokers, the others a handkerchief. Sacagawea gives Clark two dozen white weasel tails. The men find comfort in their new Fort Clatsop huts.

This morning at day we were Saluted by all our party under our windows, a shout and a Song—
our dinner to day Consisted of pore Elk boiled, Spilt fish & Some roots, a bad Christmass diner

William Clark

Fort Clatsop

A long log building viewed through another log cabin window

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

The day proved Showerey wet and disagreeable.

William Clark

Fort Clatsop

Video taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

We found our huts smoked; there being no chimneys in them except in the officers' rooms. The men were therefore employed, except some hunters who went out, in making chimnies to the huts.

William Clark

Fort Clatsop hut

Looking into a log cabin through a window

Photo taken by Jo Ann with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

The Indians leave us in the evening all the party Snugly fixed in their huts—

William Clark

Toussaint Charbonneau at Fort Clatsop

Charbonneau sitting on a bunk at Fort Clatsop

Photo provided by Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop. Charbonneau is portrayed by DeWayne Pritchett, Pacific Northwest Living Historians.

I recved a presnt of Capt L. of a fleece hosrie Shirt Draws and Socks—, a pr. mockersons of Whitehouse a Small Indian basket of Gutherich, two Dozen white weazils tails of the Indian woman

William Clark

White weasel, Mustela frenata

Two small narrow strips of white fur