Down the Columbia

October 17, 1805
The number of dead salmon on the shores and floating in the river is incredible to say -- and at this season they have only to collect the fish, split them open and dry them on their scaffolds on which they have great number... great numbers of Indians on the banks viewing me and 18 canoes accompanied me from the point... Those people respect the aged with veneration. I observed an old woman in one of the lodges which I entered. She was entirely blind... had lived more than 100 winters. She occupied the best position in the house, and when she spoke great attention was paid to what she said.
--William Clark


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