David Nicandri is director of the Washington State Historical Society since 1987, executive editor of Columbia Magazine, and author of Northwest Chiefs: Gustav Sohon's View of the 1855 Stevens Treaty Councils (WSHS, 1986).
John Mix Stanley (1814-1872)
One of the strains of nineteenth-century American thought was the presumption that Native peoples were fated for extinction. This ethos was communicated and recorded via itinerant portraitists and, later, photographers who rushed to the American West to capture images of what was considered a "vanishing race." The Oregon Country became …