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Wilkins 11: The Deserted Pawnee Village

Wilkins 11: The Deserted Pawnee Village | Drawing | Wisconsin Historical Society
Deserted Pawnee village in Nebraska. Sketched by Wilkins on his 151-day journey from Missouri to California on the Overland Trail (also known as the Oregon Trail). Wilkins writes about an encounter with a poor Pawnee family in his diary: "They were the most miserable family of Indians I ever saw. Sunk to the very lowest ebb of misery starvation and poverty. They had no arms except a bow and arrows, no horses and almost naked. The woman had on a buffalo robe, the man nothing but an old coffee sack, and the children a bit of buckskin round their middle. Their knives being all the property they had, this was the nearest link to the brute creation I had ever seen. I was informed by a man from Fort Childs that 55 perished from want last winter."
DESCRIPTION
Deserted Pawnee village in Nebraska. Sketched by Wilkins on his 151-day journey from Missouri to California on the Overland Trail (also known as the Oregon Trail). Wilkins writes about an encounter with a poor Pawnee family in his diary: "They were the most miserable family of Indians I ever saw. Sunk to the very lowest ebb of misery starvation and poverty. They had no arms except a bow and arrows, no horses and almost naked. The woman had on a buffalo robe, the man nothing but an old coffee sack, and the children a bit of buckskin round their middle. Their knives being all the property they had, this was the nearest link to the brute creation I had ever seen. I was informed by a man from Fort Childs that 55 perished from want last winter."
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:1842
Creation Date:May 1849
Creator Name:Wilkins, James F., d. 1888
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County:
State:Nebraska
Collection Name:Wilkins, James F., -1888 : James F. Wilkins Overland Trail drawings, 1849
Genre:Drawing
Original Format Type:drawings
Original Format Number:PH 374.11(5)
Original Dimensions:21 x 8.5 inches
SUBJECTS
Trails
Travel
Pawnee Indians
Dwellings

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