This image is from an album which is mostly Hood River images, and it certainly looks like some others I have seen of Native American houses east of the mouth of the Hood River. Roof shadows and the way she seems to be shielding her eyes from the sun suggest we're looking north. I wish the hills in the distance were clear enough to verify we're looking across the Columbia.
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I think we are looking north across the Columbia. Reason being I am fairly certain that I see the bluff line with the hill behind it.
And we complain as to what we have. I can only see such pure poverty here. Nothing but hard work to just survive, nothing more.This is definitely not a summer shot due to the look of the trees. Not to mention the old blanket serving as her coat hooked on with a safety pin.Her skirt definitely has seen better days.
Her feet void of any covering. I would assume that she had a pair of moccasins in her shack. And that shack would have leaked like a sieve in a rain storm.Which makes me wonder about all the lumber, building materials and/or fire wood?
If only she could talk and we could say to her "Mika Tillicum", but the photo does tell many things.
Charlott on 8th March 2017 @ 7:12am
Yes, I think we are looking north.
Poverty in the eyes of the white man.
If you check photo #854 the hills look the same and the comments reference possibly the Koberg area.
I suspect this is not a year round home because of spring flood waters and the strong winter east winds.
However, before the white man infiltrated the area there was a somewhat permanent Indian camp at the mouth of Indian Creek. If they had been pushed out of that area, they might have been squatting where they could, under whatever conditions, just to stay in the area.
Remember, reservations had been established, so this Indian lady may have chosen to not go to the reservation, or she has arrived for fishing season.
I agree....if only she could talk to us.
L.E. on 8th March 2017 @ 7:44am
My feeling is that this is in the Jaymar area, nearly across from the mouth of the White Salmon River.
Melody Shellman on 8th March 2017 @ 9:10am
Arthur....looks like you need to take a walk along the river bank to replicate those hills in the background.
L.E. on 8th March 2017 @ 9:53am
The north end of the roof appears to have some sort of a white material covering the slats. Not a clue as to what it might be.
Longshot on 8th March 2017 @ 10:40am
My grandmother Stanford befriended Chief Seattle's daughter in Seattle about 1908 - I have a photograph of this woman and it is startling how similar the clothing is. She was impoverished too and made baskets to sell, filled with berries she picked.
Jill Stanford on 8th March 2017 @ 11:36am
The daughter of Seattle would have been Princess Angelina, right?
Charlott on 8th March 2017 @ 2:00pm
"If only she could talk to us" I don't think we would like what she had to say.
Buzz on 8th March 2017 @ 2:23pm
Oh come on Buzz, she could show me how to prepare the Pacific Lamprey. I had an opportunity to learn, and I didn't take advantage of it.
According to the 1910 census of Indian population in the United States, there were 35 living in Hood River County. 214 in Klickitat County. 62 in Skamania County. 10,000 in Washington State. 5,000 in the state of Oregon. Yakima County had the largest, with 1800.
Not sure I am deciphering correctly, but from the Lewis and Clark trip down the River in late October, 1805, there were 4 houses at Hood River on a point of timbered bottom ground. Across the Columbia there were 14 houses. Remember, the Indians were fishing in the mouth of the White Salmon and they named it Canoe River. Below Wah Gwin Gwin Falls there were 4 houses. Perhaps her poverty looking condition could have been improved by a casino on Hood River Indian trust land.
L.E. on 8th March 2017 @ 6:47pm
Notice the dog in today's photo and photo # 854 has white paws and stays close to it's companion.
Barb on 8th March 2017 @ 6:54pm
Henry C Coe tells about the location of some of the early Indian homes.
L.E. on 8th March 2017 @ 11:37pm
I wonder if this apparent poverty existed before the invasion and conquering by outsiders ~
Kenn on 9th March 2017 @ 10:58am
Charlotte - you are right. My grandmother was a school teacher. No idea how they became friends but they were until "the Princess" as my grandmother always referred to her died in, I think, 1895 or 6. I was wrong about the earlier date - that was when my father was born. I have quite a few of her baskets and they have berry juice stains.
Jill Stanford on 9th March 2017 @ 3:40pm
For those that don't know and might be interested, "Princess Angelina" refused to go to the reservation and lived in a shack between Pike and Pine, down close to where the Pike Street Market is located. She could be seen out and about, even when she could barely get around. She made the baskets that Jill spoke of and did laundry to support herself. She was born right around1820 and died there in Seattle on 3 May 1896.
charlott on 9th March 2017 @ 4:59pm