Unknown Klikitat Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

Referred to now as Klickitat, they were a Shahaptian tribe whose former seat was at the headwaters of the Cowlitz, Lewis, White Salmon, and Klickitat rivers, north of Columbia river, in Klickitat and Skamania Counties, Wash. Their eastern neighbors were the Yakima, who speak a closely related language, and on the west they were met by various Salish and Chinookan tribes. In 1805 Lewis and Clark reported estimated their number at about 700.

The Klickitat were active and enterprising traders, and from their favorable position became widely known as intermediaries between the coast tribes and those living east of the Cascade range. They joined in the Yakima treaty at Camp Stevens, Wash., June 9, 1855, by which they ceded their lands to the United States. They are now almost wholly on Yakima Reservation, Wash., where they have become so merged with related tribes that an accurate estimate of their number is impossible.

Their basketry is extremely fine, with total imbrication and multiple colors and styles. Many of their works can be found in national museums and discerning collections.

Historical Sale Highlights

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Bear Spirit
Norval Morrisseau
acrylic (42x42 inch) 1970
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The Black Colt
Robert Lougheed
oil (14x18 in) 1939
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Winter Scene
Henry Eric Bergman
lino-cut prints (4.75x6.20 inch) 1930
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Gisela 1/8
Leo Mol
Bronze (18x4x3.75 in) 1968
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Two Oxen in Winter
Maud Lewis
Oil on Panel (11.25x11.75 in) circa 1963
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Frozen Light
Adrian Dingle
oil (9x12 in) 1950
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Old Man Smoking Pipe
Allen Sapp
acrylic (34x48 in) 1970
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Agawa Canyon
Alexander Young Jackson
oil (32x35 in) 1940
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Heavy Snowfall on Balsam Avenue (Looking the other Way)
William Kurelek
mixed media (19.75x18.25 in) 1972
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Laurentian Homestead
Randolph S. Hewton
oil on canvas (12.25x14 in) 1938
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