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Sacagawea interprets with a Shoshone woman at the Walla Walla village. Chief Yellepit trades a white horse for Clark's sword. Frazier purchases 10 fat dogs, and Clark attends to Indian medical needs. In the evening, a dance is held.

This morning early the Great Chief Yel lip pet brought a very eligant white horse to our Camp and presented him to me Signifying his wish to get a kittle but being informed that we had already disposed of every kittle we could possibly Spare he Said he was Content with what ever I thought proper to give him. I gave him my Swoard, 100 balls & powder and Some Small articles of which he appeared perfectly Satisfied.

William Clark

Chief Yellepit and William Clark

Diorama of Clark and Yellepit trading for a white horse

This diorama is located at the Fort Walla Walla Museum.

being anxious to depart we requested the Cheif to furnish us with canoes to pass the river, but he insisted on our remaining with him this day at least, that he would be much pleased if we would conset to remain two or three, but he would not let us have canoes to leave him today. that he had sent for the Chym nâp'-pos his neighbours to come down and join his people this evening and dance for us. we urged the necessity of our going on immediately in order that we might the sooner return to them with the articles which they wished but this had no effect, he said that the time he asked could not make any considerable difference.

Meriwether Lewis

Columbia River

Historic photo of an Indian in a dugout canoe on the shores of the Columbia River

This photo is on display at the Fort Walla Walla Museum.

I at length urged that there was no wind blowing and that the river was consequently in good order to pass our horses and if he would furnish us with canoes for that purpose we would remain all night at our present encampment, to this proposition he assented and soon produced us a couple of canoes by means of which we passed our horses over the river safely and hubbled them as usual.

Meriwether Lewis

Walla Walla and Columbia rivers

Historic photo of a wide stream entering the Columbia Rive

This photo is on display at the Fort Walla Walla Museum. A mounted calvary soldier and lettering have been digitally removed.

Sore eyes Seam to be a universial Complaint among those people; I have no doubt but the fine Sands of those plains and the river Contribute much to the disorder.

William Clark

one of their party who made himself the most Conspicious Character in the dance and Songs, we were told was a Medesene man & Could foretell things.
that he had told of our Comeing into their Country and was now about to Consult his God the moon if what we Said was the truth &c. &c

William Clark

Puck Hyah Toot

Wanapums with hand drums beginning a sacred dance

Photo by James S. Rayner.

the whole assemblage of Indians about 550 men women and children sung and danced at the same time.

Meriwether Lewis

We found a Sho Sho ne woman, by means of whome and Sah-cah gah-weah we found means of Converceing with the Wallahwallârs.

William Clark

Sunset at Yellepit

Low, brown hills, overcast skies, and a small sliver of the Columbia River