Klamath Indian chief praying to the spirits at Crater Lake, Oregon, 1923


From Seattle, gone to Oregon times that are countless. I think I would return to the PNW as an Native American any time before 1700 CE if I had the option. The mountains that are untouched nature when you need it. ...



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  • From Seattle, been to Oregon countless times. I think if I had the option, I would return to the PNW as an Native American any time before 1700 CE. The untouched mountains and nature at your fingertips. Having lived there, the food is bountiful. Would be quite the livelihood edit: this photo inspired that thought. thanks man!
  • I've often wondered where would be the best place to live as a Native American and always come to the conclusion that once you know how to deal with rain, the PNW would be the place.
  • California says hello!
  • Would have to be SLO/Bay Area though, SoCal wouldn't work without water.
  • In 1700 there Southern California was plenty sustainable. The largest freshwater lake in the west was just north of Ventura.
  • Interesting, did not know that!
  • Know how to deal with the rain? I mean, shit. The PNW features some of the most livable weather in the world. And I'm sure they dealt with the extremely fertile soil that comes with the rain too 😉
  • Ha. Good point!
  • I had no idea that kind of headdress was really a thing, I just assumed it was a stereotype thing, like all NAs being marauding bandits and whooping and such. Fascinating stuff.
  • Very, very cool. I really like the Klamath Indian creation myth for Crater Lake. Not to mention it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to!
  • I always thought that feather headdress was associated with Plains Indians and not a PNW tribe like the Klamath?
  • PacNW tribes had/have feathered head dresses as well. See Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce . Sorry, I don't know specifics. Edward Curtis (original photographer) was well known for taking photos of the Native Americans in their traditional/authentic clothing. Check out the book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan, it's fascinating.
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher It's amazing!! I recommend it too!
  • Everyone should really check out this link /u/hulahulagirl posted! It has a whole collection of beautifully captured images, including the one in the original post. It sucked me right in, really quite amazing.
  • Oh man, if you get a chance to see any of these photos in large format (oversized book, etc.) it's so much better. 🙂 We have one in our library - they show so much detail.
  • Yeah that's what I thought too, made me think the photo was staged. But I guess maybe not?
  • My brothers and I went on a road trip there last spring. The result was awesome! Crater Lake Panorama
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