Colville and Palouse notes (part 10).
"Chieftanship among tribes and bands of Shahaptian linguistic stock had only an indicated not a definite pattern and an uncertain tradition. In some cases it was hereditary, in others it was assumed by force or shrewdness. And the fact that none of the historians of the Indian tribes could give clear accounts of the chiefs before 1800 would perhaps be a clue to the actual occupancy of much of the land claimed by the people. The descendants of families of known chiefs can tell of their fathers, something of their grandfathers but in practically all instances nothing of their great-grandfathers. Some of them (the Saluskins) tell of the descendancy of their forebears from the stars or similar legend."
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