Plateau Indian Tourist Trade Items (Photo Diary)

The Plateau Culture Area is the area between the Cascade Mountains and the Rocky Mountains in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and Western Montana. From north to south it runs from the Fraser River in the north to the Blue Mountains in the south. Much of the area is classified as semi-arid. Part of it is mountainous with pine forests in the higher elevations.

The Plateau is situated adjacent to the Great Basin Culture Area to the south, the Plains Culture Area to the east, and the Northwest Culture Area to the west. The Plateau area tribes often served as traders facilitating the flow of goods throughout the Northwest. With the imposition of the reservation way of life in the late nineteenth century, traditional trading stopped, but in the twentieth century the tourist demand for Indian goods created a new market. One of the displays at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, shows some of the Indian items made for the tourist trade in the 1920s and 1930s.

 photo P1100447_zpsr2a7zhhy.jpg The display is set up as a traditional booth where Indian artists would sell their crafts at fairs, rodeos, and powwows.  photo P1100448_zpskq5js1sh.jpg  photo P1100430_zpsw86edhpd.jpg  photo P1100431_zpstjo8hmap.jpg  photo P1100432_zpsalc4gkli.jpg  photo P1100433_zpsf6lzwb1j.jpg  photo P1100434_zpsavxiya2v.jpg  photo P1100435_zpsm8kccm5q.jpg  photo P1100436_zpsduv77l5u.jpg  photo P1100437_zpsqrmjjlk8.jpg  photo P1100438_zpswwyhyujf.jpg  photo P1100439_zpsq2xy64op.jpg  photo P1100440_zpswmacquw4.jpg  photo P1100443_zpsngi3cjuq.jpg  photo P1100444_zpszn84pdxt.jpg  photo P1100449_zpsklv48cwl.jpg

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