Paul Kane

Paul Kane: Wanderings of an Artist among the Indians of North America from Canada to Vancounver’s Island and Oregon through Hudson’s Bay Company’s Territory and Back Again

On the 17th of September I returned again to Colville. The Indian village is situated about two miles below the fort, on a rocky eminence overlooking the Kettle Falls. These are the highest in the Columbia River. They are about one thousand yards across, and eighteen feet high. The immense body of water tumbling amongst the broken rocks renders them exceedingly picturesque and grand. The Indians have no particular name for them, giving them the general name of Tumtum, which is applied to all falls of water.

From Wanderings of an Artist among the Indians of North America from Canada to Vancounver’s Island and Oregon through Hudson’s Bay Company’s Territory and Back Again. Toronto: The Radisson Society of Canada, Ltd., 1925. [Originally published in 1859]