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    MEMALOOSE ISLAND INDIAN BURIAL GROUNDS. Well-known Portland, Oregon photographer D.C. Herrin produced this sobering view of a burial area on tiny Memaloose Island in the Columbia River Gorge. The island was used for centuries by various local Indian tribes as a safe and sacred site for their open-air burials. This 5½" x 3¾" image depicts a large pile of skulls and bones, with a few planks of lumber strewn about - the remains of an old shelter for the dead. A surprising number of crossed leg bones can be seen in this view; it is unknown if this is the work of Native Americans or white men who may have followed. Moderate age-toning on photographer's mount, else fine.

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    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
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