Early Tepee and Canoe, Pend Oreille River - c. 1860


Early Tepee and Canoe, Pend Oreille River - Royal Engineers

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A bark canoe and a reed-mat covered tepee sit across the Pend Oreille River from the British Northwest Boundary Commission's encampment near the Canadian border. A closer look at the tepee reveals its transitional nature. One of the reed mat panels has been replaced by canvas, perhaps obtained from the boundary commission.

I've placed this photo in Washington, as that's where the Pend Oreille crosses over from Canada, but it might well be further downstream in Idaho. Original notes point out the high water -- it's flood season.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0125
Photographer Corps of Royal Engineers
Location Washington State
Subject Military, Native Americans
Decade 1860s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Copy Negative
Size of Original 4.8 x 5.6 inches
Photographer's Number Leaf Number 35