On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Time at Long Camp near present Kamiah, Idaho nears an end. The men trade for better horses and play games with the Nez Perce. Chief Cut Nose captures a few young eagles to raise for their feathers.
From the journals...
Monday 9th June 1806.
a chief we call cut nose went Some distance after young Eagles. got Several by climbing a tree by a rope. the feathers of these eagles the Indians make head dresses war like & paint them & is a great thing among them.
Eagle feather bonnet
Photo courtesy of Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 169.
Moday June 9th 1806
this fall of water is what the nativs have informed us was a proper token for us. when the river fell the Snows would be Sufficiently melted for us to Cross the Mountains.
Root fibrous. plant from 3-4 high; dry Situation. On the Kooskooskee Jun 9th 1806.
Virgate phacelia, Phacelia heterophylla
Photo by Dave Powell of the U.S. Forest Service.