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Several men at Fort Clatsop are sick with colds and the flu. Two Clatsop women and two boys bring the cedar strip cone hats previously asked for by the Captains. The Captains describe the pronghorn and mountain goat.

we have not had as may sick at one time since we left Wood River.
the general complaint seams to be bad colds and fevers, something I believe of the influenza.

Meriwether Lewis

Fort Clatsop

Chimney on the Fort Clatsop Officer Quarters

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

The woodwork and sculpture of these people as well as those hats and the water proof baskits evince an ingenuity by no means common among the Aborigenes of America

William Clark

Wishram maul and mortar

Maul with carved handle and a rock mortar sculpted in the shape of an owl

Photo from Wakemap Mound: A stratified site on the Columbia River,
Oregon Archaeological Society, 1959.

The Antelope is found in the great plains of Columbia and are the same of those on the Missouri found in every part of that untimbered country.
they are by no means as plenty on this side of the Rocky Mountains as on the other. the natives here make robes of their skins dressed with the hair on them.
when the salmon begin to decline in the latter end of the sunme and Autumn the natves leave the river, at least a majority and remove to the plains at some distance for the purpose of hunting the Antelope.
they pursue them on horse back and shoot them with their arrows.

Meriwether Lewis

Pronghorn, Antilocapra americana

Deer-like animal with two non-branching antlers

Photo by an unknown photographer who has released it to the public domain.

we have never met with this anamal ourselves but have seen many of their skins in possession of the natives dressed with the wooll on them and also seen the blankets which they manufacture of the wooll of this sheep.
from the skin the animal appears to be about the size of the common sheep; of a white colour.
the wooll is fine on most parts of the body but not so long as that of our domestic sheep.
the wooll is also curled and thick.
on the back and more particularly on the top of the neck the wooll is intermixed with a considerable proportion of long streight hairs.

Meriwether Lewis

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Ovis canadensis canadensis

Male rams with curled horns grazing on a snowy mountain hill

Photo created by Kim Keating of the U.S. Geological Survey.