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At Camp Choppunish, the hunters and gatherers continue laying in a store of meat and roots for their trip over the Rocky mountains. Nez Perce with soar eyes and various aches are treated by the Captains.

the air was extreemly cold and disagreeable and we lay in the water as the preceeding night—

Meriwether Lewis

LaPage took a Salmon from an Eagle at a Short distance below our Camp.

William Clark

Juvenile bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, with salmon

Juvenile Bald eagle with salmon

Photo ©1998 Mila Zinkova. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

The Squar wife to Shabono busied her Self gathering the roots of the fenel Called by the Snake Indians Year-pah for the purpose of drying to eate on the Rocky mountains.
those roots are very paliatiable either fresh rosted boiled or dried and are generally between the Size of a quill and that of a mans fingar and about the length of the latter.

William Clark

Gairdner's yampah, Perideridia gairdneri

Drawing of a tall slender plant with onion-bulb roots

Drawing by an unknown artist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

this stand is a small stage are warf constructed of sticks and projecting about 10 feet into the river and about 3 feet above the surface of the water on the extremity of this the fisherman stands with his scooping net, which differ but little in their form from those commonly used in our country
the fisherman exercised himself some hours today but I believe without success.

Meriwether Lewis

Wishham on the Columbia River

Indian on a platform fishing with a dip net

Photo by Edward S. Curtis circa 1910.

these hunters had scowered the country between the Kooskooske and Collins's Creek from hence to their junction about 10 miles and had seen no deer or bear and but little sign of either.

Meriwether Lewis

Above Lolo Creek

Lolo Creek viewed from a high ridge