Topic Clatsop Indians- Part 1
First I might want to set the record stright. I said this post would be on the Chinook Indians but it seems Lewis and Clark were dealing with the Clatsop, a small trip belong to the Chinook speaking people.
The Clatsop are a small tribe of Chinookan-speaking Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. In the early 19th century they inhabited an area of the northwestern coast of present-day Oregon from the mouth of the Columbia River south to Tillamook.
The tribe was encountered at the mouth of the Columbia in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The expedition named their last encampment Fort Clatsop after the tribe, whose nearest village was approximately seven miles (12 km) away. The tribe later gave its name to Clatsop County, Oregon. According to the journals of William Clark, the Clatsop comprised about 200 people living in three separate villages of large cedar-plank houses. Clatsop members regularly visited the fort for trading purposes.
My husband and I just came back from a visit to the coast( we live in Oregon) to celibrate my birthday While there we visited Ft Clatsop and took some great photos. First I must show you a photo( not one of ours) that shows the fort before it burned down in 2005. We happened to have also visited the fort sometime in 2004 but at the time the rooms were closed off so no photo’s could be taken.
First here is the fort in 2004. Photo from columbiariverimages.com
On October 3, 2005, the 50-year-old Fort Clatsop replica burnt to the ground. National Park archaeologists used this tragedy to spend 3 weeks digging beneath the foundations of the replica, looking for evidence of whether this was the true location of Fort Clatsop. A new “Fort Clatsop” will be built on the same spot, with designs for construction to begin on December 10, 2005, exactly 200 years from the day men of the Corps of Discovery began building their Fort Clatsop.
I will have more photo’s of the fort later. On Friday’s post will have the photo’s taken in the visitor’s center with planks relating the diet of the Clatsop indians and the expedition.
By Joanna Linsley-Poe
Photo’s by Michael Poe execpt for the one taken of the fort in 2004