Autumn Encampment- Nez Perce 1870, Wallowa Lake.

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Beautifully framed original oil paintiing measuring 20"x 32". My original oil shows a late fall Nez Perce encampment oa Wallowa Lake in the late 1870's.  This original has sold 2023.  CANVAS Prints are soon available by order..                                     

"Long before the white man knew that a great continent existed on the other side of the earth, or before they knew that there was another side to the earth, the red man had stalked the deer in those valleys and mountains and fished from the alpine lakes. Generation upon generation of Nez Perce braves had contentedly lived in this area with their families. Among the hundreds of streams there was one which particularly appealed to them, and to it they gave the very euphonious name “Wallowa,” which means “winding water.” For thousands of years the land was an important fishery for the Nez Perce and related tribes who gathered to catch spring Chinook salmon. It has long been considered a sacred place by the tribes. By right of possession extending back for unknown ages the Nez Perces claimed this vast territory in Oregon.

   Joseph or Thunder-rolling-in-the-mountains, which was his Indian name, who was chief of the tribe at that time, rose up and said, “No, this is our home. It has been the home of our fathers for more moons than we can count, and it shall be the home of our children for all the moons to come.”  For hundreds if not thousands of years, indigenous people camped on the shores of Wallowa Lake. Not long after the Nez Perce War in 1877, the lake became a popular destination for tourism. The Nez Perce people’s presence is still felt in Wallowa county since being driven out against their will in 1877."