Fort Vancouver Tapestry

9. Roasting Meat

Preparing for winter travel

Panel 9

Sponsored by: Al and Eileen Ono
Indians are roasting meat over the fire. Native Americans were essential to Lewis & Clark and their Corps of Discovery survival throughout their journey by suggesting routes, feeding them and teaching them what indigenous foods were available and how to preserve them.
Icons in this panel include a fern (a food source) and a parfletch, an Indian carrying container that folds up similar to an envelope. They are made of either woven cedar or a piece of hide and are often painted.