Publications by our Members

Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trails: A Guide for Paddlers, Hickers and Other Explorers

by Keith Hay
Timber Press, Inc.
Portland, Oregon
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The Lewis and Clark expedition traveled the final 450 miles of their journey to the Pacific Ocean entirely by water, the last segment along the Columbia River. Beginning near the Bonneville Dam, the lower Columbia has been designated the Lewis and Clark Columbia River Water Trail in recognition of its rich historical significance. With this authoritative guide, today’s water-traveling explorer---or motorist, bicyclist, or hiker---can discover the unique landscapes and history of the lower Columbia and imagine what this awesome, untamed terrain may have looked like during the time of Lewis and Clark.

  • 18 detailed maps, including all known Lewis and Clark campsites and routes
  • Launch sites, camping, suggested trips, and hiking and bicycling trails
  • Historical, cultural, and ecological highlights for more than 260 sites
  • Lists of places named and plants and animals described by Lewis and Clark
  • Tips on river safety, trail etiquette, and boat rentals

  • Acts of Discovery: Visions of America in the Lewis and Clark Journals

    by Albert Furtwangler
    University of Illinois Press, 1999.
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    "CORPS OF DISCOVERY" is the name given to themselves by an extraordinary band of soldier-explorers, the party of early Americans who first crossed the continent from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific. They were always a corps, an interdependent group of disciplined soldiers and officers; they could not have survived otherwise. This book very well depicts the ways in which Lewis and Clark explored the West. I would reccomend it to anyone who needs straightforward information for a report.

    Bringing Indians to the Book

    by Albert Furtwangler
    University of Washington Press, 2005.
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    In 1831 a delegation of Northwest Indians reportedly made the arduous journey from the shores of the Pacific to the banks of the Missouri in order to visit the famous explorer William Clark. This delegation came, however, not on civic matters but on a religious quest, hoping, or so the reports ran, to discover the truth about the white men's religion. The story of this meeting inspired a drive to send missionaries to the Northwest. Reading accounts of these souls ripe for conversion, the missionaries expected a warmer welcome than they received, and they recorded their subsequent disappointments and frustrations in their extensive journals, letters, and stories.

    Bringing Indians to the Book recounts the experiences of these missionaries and of the explorers on the Lewis and Clark Expedition who preceded them. Though they differed greatly in methods and aims, missionaries and explorers shared a crucial underlying cultural characteristic: they were resolutely literate, carrying books not only in their baggage but also in their most commonplace thoughts and habits, and they came west in order to meet, and attempt to change, groups of people who for thousands of years had passed on their memories, learning, and values through words not written, but spoken or sung aloud. It was inevitable that, in this meeting of literate and oral societies, ironies and misunderstandings would abound.

    A skilled writer with a keen ear for language, Albert Furtwangler traces the ways in which literacy blinded those Euro-American invaders, even as he reminds us that such bookishness is also our own.

    Sacagawea's Son

    by Albert Furtwangler
    Oregon Historical Society Press, 2004.
    Available from the Oregon Historical Society

    The youngest member of the Lewis and Clark expedition learned to walk — and even to dance — on the Corps of Discovery’s way to the Pacific and back. Later baptized as Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, Sacagawea’s son was called Pomp on the trail. After the expedition, William Clark brought him to St. Louis for his schooling, and during his later years he lived at the court of a German duke and worked as a trader and guide on western trails. Charbonneau died in 1866 on his way from California to the goldfields in Montana. His grave near Jordan Valley, Oregon, marks the end of a long life of international adventures.

    This essay questions earlier accounts and presents new information, including recent discoveries about the duke’s court and Charbonneau’s fathering of a child there. It also stresses that even though Charbonneau was cared for and carried far by whites, as an uprooted half-Indian he never found full acceptance in their world.