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At the Long Narrows of the Columbia River above present The Dalles, Oregon, the Captains have difficulty obtaining horses and are frustrated when several tomahawks are stolen.

Hyacinth of Columbia plains.—Aprl. 20th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Bicolored cluster lily, Brodiaea howellii

Hyacinth with blue veins

there men have generally legings mockersons and large robes
I barted my Elkskins old irons and 2 canoes for beads.

Meriwether Lewis

Trade Beads

Blue, white, and red trade beads laid out on an elk skin

The Enesher an Skillutes are much better clad than they were last fall, there men have generally legings mockersons and large robes;
many of them wear shirts of the same form with those of the Shoshone Chopunnish &c highly ornamented with porcupine quills.

Meriwether Lewis

Elk skin shirt decorated with Porcupine quills

Elk skin shirt decorated fringes

Photo courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 8759.

their houses like those of the Skillutes have their floors on the surface of the ground, but are formed of sticks and covered with mats and straw.
they are large and contain usually several families each.

Meriwether Lewis