Deteriorated rifle buttstock

Cultural Narrative: 

This buttstock is the back portion of a rifle that usually sits on one's shoulder. One can see the deterioration of this wooden buttstock due to exposure to the weather elements. Evidence suggests this fragment was picked up at c'aynim 'alikinwaaspa (The Battle of Bear Paw) in the early twentieth century. c'aynim 'alikinwaaspa (The Battle of the Bear Paw) was the final battle of the Nez Perce War of 1877 and was fought from September 30 - October 5, 1877. It is undetermined when this rifle was produced or which company produced it.

The deteriorated rifle buttstock is located in the bottom left of the photograph and is cataloged as 1986.2.35. Above the deteriorated rifle buttstock is L.V. McWhorter's wooden pipe stem (1986.2.112b) and to the right is piyopyóotálikt (Peo Peo Tholekt's) drinking cup (1986.2.75).