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While the snows begin to melt at Fort Clatsop (Astoria, Oregon), the Captains write about local Chinook customs. The stick game is explained, the boys play with bows and arrows, and they have no pets other than hunting dogs.

From the journals...

all are pleased, that one month of the time which binds us to Fort Clatsop and which separates us from our friends has now elapsed.
their boys amuse themselves with their bows and arrows as those do of every Indian nation with which I am acquainted.

Meriwether Lewis

Fort Clatsop

Rough log table at Fort Clatsop

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

We had a clear morning, & the day was moderate. In the evening it was cloudy & a little Snow fell.

Joseph Whitehouse

Early morning at Fort Clatsop (Netul Landing)

Blue sky reflected on a coastal river in the early morning

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

one of the games of amusement and wrisk of the Indeans of this neighborhood like that of the Sosones consists in hiding in the hand some small article about the size of a bean; this they throw from one hand to the other with great dexterity accompanying their opperations with a particular song which seem to have been addapted to the game; when the individul who holds the peice has amused himself sufficiently by exchanging it from one hand to the other, he hold out his hands for his competitors to guess which hand contains the peice; if they hit on the ha[n]d which contains the peice they win the wager otherwise loose.

Meriwether Lewis

Indian stick game pieces

Short sections of bones with simple decorations

Photo courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 81.