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Friday, April 23, 2010

American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection

This morning I came across a news story on CNN about threats to the future of the Hoh people. That Pacific Northwest Native American tribe has for centuries lived along the westernmost coast of Washington State. There, where the Hoh River meets the Pacific, the tribe’s one-square mile reservation is located. Due to increased incidents of flooding in the region, the reservation is threatened. The CNN story spells out what options are being considered for the tribe’s future. After reading the article, I was more interested in the tribe’s past. I was able to find an impressive collection of primary source material relating to the Hoh tribe at the American Indians of the Pacific Northwest collection at the
University of Washington Libraries. The image at top comes from that collection. That photo was taken in 1905 and depicts a village in the reservation. The image below it shows drift logs at the Hoh River. That modern image comes from the National Park Service.

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