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Center for Cultural Resources - North America: Lewis & Clark

Native Americans and the Corps of Discovery

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Sacajawea, a Shoshone Indian served as an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark during their westward expedition. She was vital to their survival in finding food and negotiations with Native American tribes.

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In the winter of 1804-1805 Lewis and Clark camped out at Fort Mandan along the Missouri River.

Their goal was to establish friendly relationships with as many Native Americans as possible to prepare for the arrival of traders.

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Toussaint Charbonneau was the oldest member of the Corps of Discovery and married Sacajawea during the expedition. They had 2 kids.

Corps of Discovery in Indiana

Map pen and ink drawing of rapids of the falls of the Ohio river.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark met at the Falls of the Ohio on October 14, 1803 to build the Corps of Discovery and begin their expedition.

Kit Information

There are 2 kits on this topic:

        Trials of the Trail - A series of double sided vinyl posters with stands.  One side is a map of trail progress, the other side includes information about the stop and difficulties faced there.  There is also a teaching guide for each station.

        Trunk of Discovery - Books and materials to identify plants and animals in the areas Lewis and Clark passed through.  A way for students to be explorers in the Lewis and Clark style.

Map of Expedition

Lewis and Clark Expedition Map

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William Clark

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Photo from The Voice-Tribune

Meriwether Lewis

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Meriwether Lewis was considered the official leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

.He served as private secretary to President Thomas Jefferson.


Samantha Mattingly is a Teacher Candidate at Indiana University Southeast majoring in Secondary Education.

Samantha hopes to engage students in her classroom with historical artifacts, demonstrations, and interactive lessons.  Believing that the world is connected through the past and present, Samantha believes she can connect her students to the lessons making history relevant to their everyday lives.


Sarah Korcz- IUS 2020 Secondary Teacher Candidate

Sarah is excited to bring cultural diversity to the classroom through a variety of hands-on artifacts brought to us by the Center for Cultural Resources