The Bird-Woman of the Lewis and Clark Expedition eBook

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Ca me ah wa it kind

Sacajawea said the white men had many things the Indians would like.  If they found a good way over the mountains, the white men would send these things to the Indians each summer.  Sacajawea said the white men were kind to her and her baby.  If they had not taken care of her when she was ill, she would not have seen her brother again.  Her brother said he was glad that the white men had been kind to her.  He would help them over the mountains.  He would talk to his men about it.  He said to Captain Clark:  “You have been kind to Sacajawea.  I am your friend until my days are over.  You shall own my house.  You shall sit on my blanket.  You shall have what I kill.  You shall bear my name.  My name belonged to me only, but now it is yours.  You are Cameahwait.”  After that, all this tribe called Captain Clark “Cameahwait.”

Ah hi e! death oars pleased bought nev er sad dles


Cameahwait told his people how good the white men were. 
He told them what good things they had. 
He said, “If we sell them horses and take them over the mountains, they
can get back soon. 
No goods will come to us until they go back to their home. 
If we do not help them, they cannot cross the mountains. 
They do not know the way. 
They cannot carry food enough. 
They will meet death in the mountains. 
Then we shall never get their goods. 
Shall we help them, my brothers?”

And the people said, “Ah hi e!  Ah hi e!”
That means, “We are pleased.” 
They got horses to carry the goods. 
They could not get enough horses to give the men to ride. 
The captains bought a horse for Sacajawea to ride. 
The soldiers made saddles from the oars tied together with pieces of
Then they started up the steep mountain.

heard must to-night slipped


When they were in the mountain tops, Sacajawea overheard some Indians
They said:  “We do not want to go across the mountains with the whites. 
We want to go down to the plains and hunt buffalo. 
We are hungry here. 
On the plains are many buffalo. 
We must hunt them now for our winter food. 
We do not care for the white men’s goods. 
Our fathers lived without their goods. 
We can live without them. 
We will go off to-night and leave them. 
They will meet death in the mountains. 
In the Spring we can come back and get their goods.”

Sacajawea went to Captain Lewis. 
She told him what she had heard. 
He called the chiefs together. 
They smoked a pipe together. 
Sacajawea slipped a piece of sugar into Cameahwait’s hand. 
As he sucked it, she said, “You will get this good thing from the white
men if you are friends with them.”

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