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The imported steel blade on this adze is an indication of the enormous trade that took place in the Columbia River valley beginning around 1700 with a trickle of European trade goods. A tool such as this was used by the Wishram and the Wasco for a variety of purposes, including carving at least the basic forms of wooden objects.

Wishram or Wasco peoples, Washington/Oregon
Early 19th century
Elk antler, rawhide, steel, brass
L. 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2010.38