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Catalog Number WF 0651
Caption Indian Village, Guemes Island
Description This view of Indian Village, referred to by whites in the 1880s and 1890s as the "Indian rancheree", is on the west side of Guemes Island at the 2003 location of Indian Village Lane. Spanish explorers aboard the SUTIL and MEXICANA noted the Indian village on Guemes Island in 1791. Reports on Indians from this area were rare in local newspapers and are as follows for the 1880-1890s. On 11-28-1880, the PUGET SOUND MAIL reported on an Indian Potlatch on Guemes Island, attended by 4000 Indians and "said to be the largest ever known on the Sound." The 12-22-1882, NORTHWEST ENTERPRISE reported on Indians living on the north shore of Guemes Island near John Edens farm. On 10-21-1882, that paper reported, "A very aged Indian was brought from Guemes Island to Anacortes Friday with a fearful wound through his hand caused by the discharge of a gun." On 11-30-1889, the ANACORTES PROGRESS reported on a Potlatch on Guemes Island. For more information on Indian activity on Guemes Island during the 1800s, including a map made of this village in 1886, see FIRST VIEWS: AN EARLY HISTORY OF SKAGIT COUNTY, p. 50, 51. See WF 0666 for a later view of the longhouse at this site in the 1930s.
Date 1890s c.
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Guemes Island
Structure - Residence
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Guemes Island, WA
Search Terms Guemes Island
Indian Village
Indian rancheree
potlatch
gunshot wound
Object Name Print, Photographic