Did You Know?
On October 16, 1805, the Expedition arrived at the
confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers, the
site of today's Sacajawea State Park.
and Clark encountered two groups of natives
which the captains called Chimnapams and Sokulks,
today known as the Yakimas and Wanapams
and Clark purchased several
dogs for dinner from the natives.
and Clark collected their first specimen of the
sage grouse, a species new to science which they
had seen earlier (June 5 and August 12, 1805).
the custom of the lower Columbia tribes placing
infants in a special cradleboard with an angled
board compressing the forehead; in some cases a
tight headband. The eventual effect on the
soft skull of the child was the shape noted by
Clark, the head becoming decidedly pointed.
The deformed head shape was considered a mark of
distinction, beauty, and superior status.
Slaves were not allowed to deform the heads of
waters of the river were clear, and
salmon could be seen at a depth of 15 - 20