Abercrombie, Colville and Chief Joseph

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It appears that the coordinates on Ruth Davenport’s arm lead to a place in the northeast of Washington State, close to the fictional location of Twin Peaks. They point to the Abercrombie Mountain, near the city of Colville.

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These coordinates are extremely significant for two reasons. First, due to the etymology of Abercrombie: ‘confluence of rivers at a bend’ or ‘mouth of the bendy river’. This should not come as a surprise, knowing the importance of rivers and streams of water in Twin Peaks. This location is either where rivers meet or where they originate. In both cases, it is a spot of the utmost strategic importance, both in the physical world and in the spiritual one.

But even more crucial than this is the proximity of the small city of Colville (from the French: col = a neck, strait, or defile; a pass between hills; and ville = a town, the place in the gorge or pass of the dell). Following the 1877 war between the United States Army and the Nez Perce tribe (from the French: pierced nose), which brought their leader Chief Joseph to surrender, Joseph and 268 surviving Nez Perce were finally allowed to return to the Pacific Northwest in 1885. The former settled at the Colville Reservation in Washington. His real name was In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat, “Thunder Traveling over the Mountains”. In other words, electric fire.

Chief Joseph

The various events surrounding the fate of the Nez Perce are prominent in Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks. Chief Joseph is actually described in the book as having had a close relationship with the Lodge entities (the “Sky people”). Prior to his retreat, he made a mysterious “pilgrimage” to “the place of smoke by the great falls and twin mountains, to seek the aid of the Great Spirit Chief“. This gave him the power to travel through mountains and create traveling clouds of smoke to misdirect his enemies.

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