Here's another fine Benjamin Gifford image, circa 1900. The reverse indicates her name is "Wautella" or perhaps "Nautella."
Tags: Gifford Native_American The_Dalles
Probably Wautella, since they seem to favor the W sound. Such as Wasco, and the village at The Dalles was Winkwot and there was a village Wogupan.
However, according to a 1910 book, there was a village Natlalalaik, in the area of The Dalles.
L.E. on 29th May 2018 @ 7:40am
I wonder if she has a flattened head?
L.E. on 29th May 2018 @ 7:44am
I agree that her name was probably with a W, as they liked names with the W.
I don't think she is flathead as they have really flat areas from right above their eyes. She is probably a local Yakima or possibly Wy-am from Celilo.
I find it so disturbing that the few actual Wy-ams of Celio Falls are not recognized as a tribe the the Inter Tribal Council (I think it is). The Wy-ams were actually the ONLY ones that resided at Celilo year around. The rest were transient tribes that only came during the salmon runs. There are a few last remaining true Wy-ams that are still attempting to get recognition, which they totally deserve. They are NOT allowed fishing rights as it is, because they are not a tribe. Well, who is more deserving.....
Charlott on 30th May 2018 @ 7:11am
Charlott, I think the tribes that caused problems for the settlers and the U.S. military, were the ones the government met with to sign treaties. Therefore they were "recognized".
The tribes that were peaceful and tried to go on with their lives while co-existing with the whites, were not acknowledged and many just disappeared out of existence. No recognition of who they were and are.
A prime example of "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".
That is what happened with the Cowlitz tribe which recently did gain federal recognition. A lot of people were against the recognition to establish them as a tribe. They would say, "I've never heard of the Cowlitz Tribe." There is a reason we never heard of them.
Our government didn't have to make a peace treaty with them.
In the late 1850's and early 1860's all the local Native Americans, were encouraged to move to a reservation, but for many of the "River" people, that was not their lifestyle, nor home, and they stayed along the River.
It is interesting to hear today's "Indian Nation" politics about the Celilo area and who has power and money.
Andrew Fisher's book, Shadow Tribe, is a great read about this subject.
Although, I do disagree with him on a few things.
L.E. on 30th May 2018 @ 7:58am
I have a friend that lives at Celilo at present and she is Wy-am and the others that live there are not. They are in control and she is in a fight for her life at times. They don't think she has a RIGHT to live there. I have stopped to visit her and have first hand seen how they treat her.. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! I won't back down on this one. Wy-ams should be considered a tribe so they can have fishing rights like the rest of them. After all their ancestors actually lived there FULL TIME. Don't they deserve it? To bad we don't have people like Martha McKeown and Arline Moore working on this one.............
Charlott on 30th May 2018 @ 9:27am
I don't think she can win Charlott. No federal money and no casino money to help her out. And most non-Indians don't understand Indian politics.
NORTHEAST OREGON AREA TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS
CELILO-WYAM INDIAN COMMUNITY
It is the only one that is not recognized.
Oregon History Project has an interesting article about past financial settlements. Unaffiliated Columbia River Indians is mentioned, but they didn't receive any million dollar amount.
L.E. on 30th May 2018 @ 4:07pm