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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Bisset San Antonio
Robert Kost
Oil on Canvas (16x20 in) 1968
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Self Portrait
Norval Morrisseau
acrylic on paper (32x24 in) 1980
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Chased by Wasps
William Kurelek
Mixed Media (20x48 in) 1970
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Threshing at Red Pheasant Reserve
Allen Sapp
acrylic (24x34 in) 1969
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Indian Encampment
Frederick Arthur Verner
Oil on Canvas (20x36 in) 1881
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Summer Idyll
Walter Joseph Phillips
wood block prints (21.75x12.25 in) 1926
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Horses Under Straw Pile On Winter Night
William Kurelek
oil (5x10 in) 1971
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Untitled English Scene
Frances Anne Hopkins
watercolour (14x19.5 in) 1880
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Flowers and Fruit
William Goodridge Roberts
oil on panel (12x16 in) 1955
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Winter in the Laurentians
Maurice Cullen
oil on canvas (24x32 inch) 1924
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