. . . and the neighboring area.
I suppose you all have heard of the Indian girl, Sacajawea, who worked with the Lewis and Clark expedition? Here's some fun facts:
- Lewis & Clark were seeking the Shoshoni Indians in order to obtain horses
- The Shoshoni Indians had taken horses from the Spaniards in earlier years
- At Fort Mandan (1804) the explorers "discovered" Sacajawea
- She'd been captured at 11 years old and sold as a slave to an enemy tribe
- Became the wife of a French trapper named Charbonneau
- Lewis & Clark wanted to secure her interpretation skills & convinced Charbonneau to join their expedition team
- When the explorers finally found the Shoshoni tribe, Sacajawea recognized her own people and the Shoshoni chief, who was her own brother
- The local two rivers were called by the Shoshonis "Ag-gi-pah" which means "fishwater"
- These rivers contained salmon, so the white men called the river "Salmon River"
- The river has awesome, dangerous rapids
- When Lewis & Clark explored it for about 70 miles, they could not return on it because of these rapids
The trouble with the rat race; even if you win, you're still a rat! --Lily Tomlin