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The Corps continues up the Snake River's north shore until it meets the Clearwater River. They camp at the confluence of the Potlatch and Clearwater rivers. Clark offers treatments to several Indians, and Lewis is offered a puppy to eat.

We had a fine morning, and proceeded on early

Patrick Gass

Sunrise at Tetoharsky Village

Gulch in the high hills behind the Snake River

those two cures has raised my reputation and given those nativs an exolted oppinion of my Skill as a phician.
one of those Lodges…is 156 feet long and about 15 wide built of mats and Straw.

William Clark

Wanapum reed long house

Tule reed mats forming the side of an Indian lodge

we arrived at the entrance of the Kooskooske, up the N. Eastern side of which we continued our march 12 ms.

Meriwether Lewis

Clearwater River at Hatwai

Clearwater River running high with snow melt

after dinner we continued our rout 4 miles to the entrance of Colter's Creek about ½ a mile above the rapid where we sunk the 1st canoe as we decended the river last fall.
we encamped on the lower side of this creek at a little distance from two lodges of the Chopunnish nation having traveled 20½ ms. today.

Meriwether Lewis

Above the Potlatch River

Small clearing in a riparin zone

we encamped on the lower side of this creek at a little distance from two lodges of the Chopunnish nation having traveled 20½ ms. today. one of these lodges contained eight families, the other was much the largest we have yet seen. it is 156 feet long and about 15 wide built of mats and straw. in the form of the roof of a house having a number of small doors on each side, is closed at the ends and without divisions in the intermediate space this lodge contained at least 30 families. their fires are kindled in a row in the center of the house and about 10 feet assunder.

Meriwether Lewis

Wanapum reed long house

Historic photo of Wanapum band standing in front of reed long house

Photo by Click Relander circa 1942.

This is the residence of one of 4 principal Cheifs of the nation whom they call Neesh-ne,-park-ke-ook or the cut nose from the circumstance of his nose being cut by the snake indians with a launce in battle. to this man we gave a medal of the small size with the likeness of the President.

Meriwether Lewis

Small Jefferson medal

Period medal circa 1803

Photo courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 0157.