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During the expedition to meet the Shoshones Lewis observed new birds animals mountains and valleys He noticed a mountain rising above the plain and called it Fort Mountain Lewis also came across two rivers and named them after Robert Smith and Henry Dearborn Typical days of travel were almost devastating There were troublesome mosquitoes prickly pears and needle grass The river started flowing in a different direction that was south of where they were going The corps of discovery soon became a walking hospital More problems started to begin as Captain Clark became extremely sick and exhausted from his march in finding the Indians Bad news came about when Clark reported to Lewis that he saw no signs of the Shoshones Sacagawea lifted the spirits of the men when she told them that they were not to far from the location of the Indians The first approach to the Shoshone horseman was not successful because the horseman turned his back on Lewis and his menThe second approach went smoothly when an old Indian woman directed them to the campsite of the Shoshones When the Indians first saw the men they were ready to fight until the old woman informed them that they meant no harm The chief then welcomed Lewis with a chant ah-hi-e ah-hi-e which meant I am much pleased I am much rejoiced The Shoshones appeared to be darker than most Indians and also had thick ankles and flat feet crooked legs and hair cut at the neck The men in the tribe usually had more than three wives and the elderly were treated with no respect The Shoshone women played the role and duties as the men did Lewis viewed the Indians as acceptable and compromising people He treated them with care and as if they were people that he loved For example He and his men gave their rifles to the Indians so they could protect themselves from the
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