The Bird-Woman of the Lewis and Clark Expedition eBook

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He told her that the waves would not go over that line. 
She sat down on the sand with her baby in her lap. 
She watched the waves a long time. 
Then she was not afraid. 
She walked out to the waves. 
When they came to shore, she ran before them. 
She let them come over her feet. 
She took some ocean water in her hand and tasted it. 
She did not like its salt taste. 
But she did like to run after the waves.

bags      oil      wood en
eight y   pork     trough


Captain Clark and his party walked all day before they came to where the
whale lay. 
The waves had carried it up on the shore. 
It was a very big animal. 
It was longer than most houses. 
It was eighty feet long. 
The Indians were cutting it up. 
They put the meat into a large wooden trough. 
Then they put hot stones into the trough. 
The hot stones melted out the oil. 
The Indians put the oil into skin bags. 
They used it to eat with roots and mush. 
They did not wish to sell the oil. 
But after a time, they did sell some oil to Captain Clark. 
They sold him some blubber, too. 
The blubber was white and looked like pork fat. 
The soldiers cooked some and ate it. 
They liked it very much. 
Sacajawea was happy to see the whale. 
She walked all around it. 
She made her baby to look well at it. 
She told him he might never see one again. 
The baby did not care for the whale, but he laughed because Sacajawea

beau ti ful    robe         sor ry
belt           sea-ot ter   wear


The Clatsop chief came to Fort Clatsop to see the captains. 
He had on a robe made of two sea-otter skins. 
The skins were the most beautiful the captains had yet seen. 
They wanted the chief to sell the robe. 
He did not want to sell it, as sea-otters are hard to get. 
They said they would give him anything they had for it. 
Still he would not sell it. 
Sacajawea saw him looking at her blue bead belt. 
She had made this belt from beads Captain Clark had given her. 
She used to wear it all the time. 
She said to the Clatsop chief, “Will you sell the robe for my belt?”
He said, “Yes, I will sell it for the chief beads.” 
The Indians called blue beads “chief beads.” 
Sacajawea thought a little time. 
Then she gave her belt to him. 
He put it around his neck. 
He gave her his sea-otter robe. 
She gave it to Captain Clark for a present. 
She was sorry to give up her belt. 
The captains had no more blue beads to give her to make another. 
But she was glad to give Captain Clark the beautiful sea-otter skins.

boiled     crust      five      pairs
burned     filled     kegs      treat


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