Off to second shoot another great wedding with my friends @outlivecreative. This is from the last wedding I shot with them. Camille and Joe had me overshooting because they were so dang photogenic. .
We have officially been to the starting point and ending point of the Lewis and Clark expedition plus many stops in between! Clarksville, IN and Louisville, KY #vacation#history#roadtrip#lewisandclark @gatesygram
Titled YOUNG OMAHAW, WAR EAGLE, LITTLE MISSOURI, & PAWNEES, Plain Indian chiefs are portrayed here by painter #CharlesBirdKing .
Chief #WarEagle can be seen at the forefront with a presidential silver peace medal, given to him by President #MartinVanBuren in 1837 & valued as a sign of status & worn on all formal occasions by many Native Americans negotiating peace treaties. Controversy remains surrounding the use & impact of peace medals in furthering diplomatic relationships between Native Americans & the federal government...because well, it clearly benefited one side 🙁. As tribal leaders traveled to Washington in the 1830s to meet with president #AndrewJackson to negotiate Native American territorial rights with the government, YOUNG OMAHAW, WAR EAGLE, LITTLE MISSOURI among many others came upon policymakers who employed bribery, dazzle, & intimidation to win the cooperation of these men. Washington establishment wanted to "settle the Indian question 'peacefully' "•
Today, many Indian peace medals are archived in museums, libraries, & cultural centers & not really seen as a symbol of honor within tribes. As Chief #BlackHawk once ironically related coin currency to the U.S. /peace medals, "both are very handsome, & both are unreliable." #brokenpromises 💔💔
On This Day in History August 18, 1774: One half of the famed Corps of Discovery better known as the Lewis and Clark expedition, Meriwether Lewis (August 18, 1774 - October 10, 11 or 12, 1809***) was born in Ivy, Virginia.
The Corps of Discovery were tasked by President Thomas Jefferson with exploring the lands west of the Mississippi River. Leaving St. Louis on the party would reach the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805.
Upon the party’s return to the United States in September 1806, they were celebrated at every stop. For his part in the expedition, President Jefferson named Lewis the Governor of the Louisiana Territory.
Lewis would be found dead under mysterious circumstances of gunshot would at an inn along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee. It is believed by some that he committed suicide fueled by his dark moods and uncontrolled drinking. Some others believe that he was murdered. ***The exact date of death for Lewis unconfirmed, hence my posting that according to various sources he may have died on the 10, 11th or 12th of October.
This summer in addition to studying the cascade mountain volcanoes, we have listened to audio books of Lewis and Clarke journals, and traveled along the Lewis and Clark trails, the Oregon trail, Mormon trail, and California trail. Truly the national park service is an amazing service,there are maps and guides with several free auto touring books that point out historical markers for Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada. So much history. Last year we went to water ceremonies (Taos Pueblo, Tesuque) and visited friends at the pine ridge Sioux reservation. this year we are following the trails started in 1802 with Lewis and Clark, then into the 1840's with the California Gold rush, and the trails followed by those seeking new life and possibilities in the mid to latter 18th century. What a country we live in.#homeschool#homeschooling#homeschoolmom#nature#naturelover#oregontrail#mormontrail#lewisandclark#ponyexpress
"Here we wer compelled to kill a colt for our men & selves to eat for a want of meat & we named the south fork Colt Killed Creek, and this river we call Flathead River. The Mountains which we passed today much worst than yesterday the last excessively bad & thickly strowed with falling timber & pine spruce fur hackmatak & tamerack, steep & stoney our men and horses much fatigued, the rain..." --Lewis & Clark Sept 14th 1805. --
This entry was written on an island directly below the hill top shown here. I can personally attest to its steep, loose and rocky nature. The true exploration and adventure of Lewis & Clark over two centuries ago is something sadly unattainable in modern times. That being said, the sense of unknown--real unknown--and the highs and lows of discovery and fear; elation and crushing dismay; was the essence of true 'wilderness.' It's history like this, and experiences like those of this generation of gritty pioneers and explorers thay contribute to our almost desperate fight to preserve what wildness we have left. Once we dam the last wild river; log the last old growth forest; trammel the last of our complete & self-willed ecosystems--there is no regaining what once was.
Sitting here with tears of joy because I am peacock proud of my mentee and little bro, Josh. Today, he starts a new chapter in life as he journeys on to Lewis and Clark College. Wow. I've known him his entire life but the last 4+ years have stuck out the most, despite them going by so fast. He may think I've taught/helped him through some things, but the truth is I think he has done even more than that for me. I am thankful for him teaching me patience. I am thankful for him helping me refine my approaches towards tough or uncomfortable conversations and situations. I am thankful for him holding me accountable, as he paid attention to and noted everything I did as I tried to set a good example. Most importantly, I am thankful for him helping me become a better man. I have been blessed to witness the man he is becoming. I wish him nothing but success and will always be in his corner. He is destined for greatness, and I pray he never forgets that. May God continue to bless and watch over him.