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At Camp Choppunish, the Expedition continues to trade and exchange gifts with their local hosts, the Nez Perce. Lewis describes the Bitter cherry that grows in the area, and Clark copies Lewis' description of the Western tanager.

Shabono Sergt Gass McNeal, Whitehouse & Goodrich accompanied them for the purpose of purchaseing or exchangeing…Such articles as they Could raise for ropes and Strings for to lash their loads, and bags to Cary their roots

Meriwether Lewis

Cattail rope

Small two-braided rope made of green cattail flags

There is a speceis of cherry which grows in this neighbourhood in sitations like the Choke cherry or near the little rivulets and wartercouses. it seldom grows in clumps or from the same cluster of roots as the choke cherry dose.

Meriwether Lewis

Bitter cherry, Prunus emarginata

Large white blossom

Photo ©2008 Walter Sigmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

the cherry appears to be half grown, the stone is begining to be hard and is in shape somewhat like that of the plumb;

Meriwether Lewis

Bitter cherry, Prunus emarginata

Small green cherries

Photo ©2009 Walter Sigmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

we met with a butifull little bird in this neighbourhood about the Size and Somewhat the Shape of the large Sparrow. it measures 7 inches from the extremity of the beak to that of the tail, the latter Occupying 2½ inches.

William Clark

Western tanager, Piranga ludoviciana

Small yellow and red bird with black wings

Photo created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.