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We Encamped with Them and Found Them Friendly

Ross' Hole Sula, Montana (October 2016)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak Portra 400 + Commercial C-41 processing

Ross’ Hole
Sula, Montana (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Portra 400 + Commercial C-41 processing

The context?  The Lewis and Clark expedition passed through here on September 4th, 1805, and William Clark wrote those words in his journal.  They were in reference to encountering a large group of the native Flathead indians — or Salish, as they preferred to call themselves.  You can read more details about it here.

6 thoughts on “We Encamped with Them and Found Them Friendly

  1. paula graham

    Wow, what a read. I am well aware that early explorers of the USA must have faced enormous challenges and what delights they discovered, just imagine anyone’s face when they stand on the edge of for instance the Grand Canyon…a sight surpassing anything in Europe…wow. The encounters sadly turned out very bad for the Natives….A great shame on white man.


    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Agreed, on all counts.

      When I was growing in the American West, I really knew nothing about the natives — except for what I read in the books that were popular at the time, which were pretty consistent about painting them in a bad light (the winners writing the history books and all that).

      It has only been as I’ve gotten older and seen things with my own eyes that I realize just how raw a deal they have been dealt and how poorly they have been treated by our government.

      Truly a travesty.


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