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Historian Jack Nisbet on David Thompson

Spokane-based historian, teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet gives a slide presentation about the traffic that plied Pend Oreille Lake and River and Priest Lake during the early 1800s. Nisbet traced the several routes of Thompson’s explorations while writing his books Sources of the River and The Mapmaker’s Eye. He will discuss the local bark and dugout canoes, trace the influence of the fur trade and Eastern Woodland culture on local transportation, and try to explain what Thompson was thinking when he designed his own cedar-planked bateaux.

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