Monday, August 15, 2011

Retracing Lewis & Clark's Expedition...On a Cereal Box-- Part 4

GRIZZLY BEAR-- Lewis was the first to record the grizzly bear that Indians called the "white bear" because its brown fur was tipped with white. Lewis almost lost his life on his first encounter. After three more run-ins, the group's curiosity was satisfied and they didn't care to run into another. It is almost funny to read the journal entries about the confrontations with these animals.


FORT MANDAN-- The Mandans were one of the more peaceful Indian tribes the Corps encountered. They spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them and built this fort.


SACAGAWEA-- In 1804, a trader and his wife, a Shoshone Indian named Sacagawea, joined the expedition. She was hired to interpret the Shoshone language and proved to be a great asset to the Corps with her navigational skill and knowledge of plants.

She gave birth to Jean Babtiste "Pomp" at Fort Mandan in 1805. Pomp was carried on a cradleboard during the expedition.

The Corps traveled west into Sacagawea's homeland, where she was taken from her family as a girl by the Hidatsa tribe. When the Corps arrived, it was a happy reunion as the Shoshone tribe leader was her brother.

The cereal box also had suggestions for young people to start a nature journal and to get involved with protecting and preserving the land and animals of the US.

On the Trail with L&C. --RoadDog

Maybe We'll Get a Future Historian from This Cereal Box? --RoadDog

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