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The CorpsThe Faces of Sacagawea
Kansas City, Missouri
Washington Park, Portland, Ore
 

Sacagawea, by Haynes

On August 19, 1805, while at Camp Fortunate near the headwaters of the Beaverhead River, Lewis wrote of Sacagawea's people, the Shoshone Indians:

Notwithstanding their extreem poverty they are not only cheerfull but even gay, fond of gaudy dress and amusements. . . .

These people are deminutive in stature, thick ankles, crooked legs, thick flat feet and in short but illy formed, at least much more so in general than any nation of Indians I ever saw.     their complexion is much that of the Siouxs or darker than the Minnetares [Hidatsas], mandands or Shawnees.     generally both men and women wear their hair in a loos lank flow over the sholders and face. . . . the cue is formed with thongs of dressed lather or Otterskin alternately crossing each other. . . .    the ornaments of both men and women . . . consist of several species of sea shells, blue and white beads, bras[s] and Iron arm bands, plaited cords of the sweet grass, and collars of leather ornamented with the quills of the porcupine dyed of various colours among which I observed the red, yellow, blue, and black.

Copies of this print are available direct from the artist.


--Joseph Mussulman

Kansas City, Missouri
Washington Park, Portland, Ore


 
From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)