Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
An Artist Encounter With the First Peoples of the Oregon City Area
They were busy gambling at one of their favorite games. Two were together on skins, and immediately opposite to them sat two others, several trinkets and ornaments being placed between them. for which they played.
The game consisted in one of them having his hands covered with a small round mat resting on the ground. He has four small sticks in his hands, which he disposes under the mat in certain positions, requiring the opposite party to guess how he placed them.
If he guesses right, the mat is handed around to the next, and a stick is stuck up on the opposite side as a mark against him. This, like almost all Indian games, was accompanied with singing: but in this case the singing was peculiarly sweet and wild, possessing a harmony I never heard before or since amongst Indians. -- Paul Kane, 1847
Artist Paul Kane traveled North America in the 1840's and extensively painted the Native Americans and early towns such as Oregon City. He later published his journal and paintings.
From Harper J. Russell, ed. Paul Kane's Frontier: Including Wandering of an Artist Among
Erected by End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Location. 45° 21.862′ N, 122° 35.682′ W. Marker is in Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street near Abernethy Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Medorem Crawford (here, next to this marker); Wagons (here, next to this marker); Sidney W. Moss (here, next to this marker); The Trail of Tears (a few steps from this marker); Earthquakes and Mountain Fog (a few steps from this marker); To The Banks Of The Willamette (a few steps from this marker); Lot Whitcomb (a few steps from this marker); Fishing At Tumwater (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oregon City.
More about this marker. This marker is located next to the End Of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center facing outward towards Abernethy Green.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Last updated on March 9, 2018, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 16, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.