Tule Mat Teepee, Umatilla Reservation - c. 1895


Tule Mat Teepee, Umatilla Reservation - Moorhouse

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This teepee is covered by traditional tule mats, made from the tule or bulrush, a plant still widespread in wetlands and areas of seasonal flooding. One of the properties of tule is that its pithy interior causes it to be both flexible and a good insulator. For this reason it has been used both for sleeping mats and for shelters. While a note on the back of the original Moorhouse print states it was taken at the Willamette Reservation, we are identifying it as from the Umatilla Reservation, where he took most of his photos. As far as we know, there was no "Willamette Reservation" when Moorhouse was creating his photographs. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon. Original courtesy of Lake Oswego Public Library.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0647
Photographer Major Lee Moorhouse
Location Umatilla County
Subject Native Americans
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 7.3 x 9.3 inches
Photographer's Number No