CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
APRIL 22, 2010
This painting of Nez Perce women digging kous roots was painted by artist and author Zoa Swayne in 1961. Zoa also wrote a book entitled: Do Them No Harm! – stories and history of the Nez Perce. Zoa said she knew the women did not typically wear their hats while working, but she wanted their hats to be remembered.
Orofino, a history to tell (Part IV)
By Alannah Allbrett
Waking up in the morning to a
chilly, brisk wind, building a fire, and preparing a type of mush made from
camas roots might have been a typical morning for a Nez Perce woman in the late
1800’s. There are several high plains in
The hills and prairies surrounding the
In the never-ending search
for food, native Americans hunted in this area for deer and elk. Of course, they
had to follow the seasons from
The native people fished for salmon and steelhead by building elaborate weirs (frameworks to trap fish) and board walks where the men could walk out over the dangerous rivers and spear fish. The museum has some of the large, metal, trident-like (three and four pronged) spearheads which are astounding in size.
Contrary to what many people believe, the wild turkey which populate our hills today were not native to the region. They were introduced in the 1960’s after hunters showed an interest in them.
There are exhaustive books
written about the Lewis & Clark Expedition across the
Besides the arrowheads and projectiles one might expect to see in an exhibit on Native Americans, the museum has unique collections including casts of pictographs from the region.
The beadwork on display is exquisite – adorning gloves or gauntlets, moccasins, purses, pipe and tobacco pouches, and tiny, tiny little baby shoes. The bright seed beads, garnered from white traders, still hold their vivid colors today. Floral and geographic motifs, display the beauty and craftsmanship that went into even ordinary, daily use items such as belts.
On display our several examples of corn husk bags. One such item is a saddle bag used by Charley Adams to pack mail from 1863 to 1870.
The artwork on display is a
visual treat. Using a grant, from the Governor’s Lewis and
A beautiful painting by
Valeria Yost, was commissioned for the
Lying on a background of corn husk, woven saddle bags, are gloves and pouches, and a beautifully beaded vest made by members of the Nez Perce Tribe.
Fishing above the dangerous
waters of Celilo Falls,
meaning "echo of falling water" or "sound of water upon the rocks,"
which are approximately twelve miles north of The Dalles, Oregon. The falls
today are underwater due to the construction of a dam on the mighty
Large gaff hooks, gig spears
and netting are part of a Nez Perce fishing exhibit on display at The