White Feather Treaty

By: danitacahill

Feb 16 2012

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Category: Photography, Photojournalism, Portrait photography

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Chief Blue Eyes, aka Bill Stam, lights a sage stick to smudge Tom Marquette during a western reenactment in Jefferson, Oregon. Tom is the owner of the draft mules in yesterday’s post.

Cheif Blue Eyes and his entourage signed the “White Feather Treaty” with Tom Marquette, who passed through Jefferson. Tom and his group spent one night there in a field behind the Jefferson Middle School during his 2009 wagon train reenactment.

The treaty “allowed” Tom to pass through Indian territory.

The visit from the group of Native Americans was a surprise to Tom, but I and another journalist had been notified, so we were there waiting with cameras and notepads at the ready.

The Indians came running and whooping onto the filed in full regalia and surrounded the wagon.

After they stated their business and Tom had signed the treaty, the Indians presented the pioneers with gifts of baking mix and other useful items wrapped in fabric.

I saw tears glistening in Tom’s eyes. It was a touching reenactment and a fun one to cover.

Photo copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


One comment on “White Feather Treaty”

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