Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot

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Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot

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Richard D. Scheuerman and Michael O. Finley
Photography by John Clement

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Finding Chief Kamiakin is the story of a prominent chief of the Yakamas; leaders of both the Sahaptin and Salish tribes often sought his counsel. Through personal aptitude as well as family bonds, he emerged as one of the region's most influential chiefs. He cautiously welcomed White newcomers and sought to learn beneficial aspects of their culture. His dignified manner and attire impressed both soldiers and missionaries.

In the 1850s, the arrival of unprecedented numbers of White immigrants caused upheaval that would threaten the very existence of the Plateau's native people. On May 29, 1855, the Walla Walla Council commenced with a brief meeting attended by some 5,000 Indians, including Chief Kamiakin. Two weeks later, he reluctantly signed the Yakima Treaty. He also resolved to fight against the destruction of his people and desecrations upon the land.

Photographs • maps • notes • bibliography • index
9" x 10½" • 288 pages