Posted by: atowhee | June 11, 2018


A French library has held a two hundred year old map, drawn by a Native American to help the Lewis and Clark expedition on their trip up the Missouri River.  Those early explorers were helped and saved time and again (how to eat camas bulbs) by Native Americans.  Those same tribes were later targeted by genocide, shoved into reservations or simply decimated by European diseases for which they had no resistance or treatment.

Lewis and Clark introduced science to many new bird and mammal and plant species when they got their notebooks and speciements back to Philadelphia in 1805.  Clarkia, lewisia, Linum lewisii, Clark’s Nutcracker and Lewis’s Woodpecker commemorate some of their natural history discoveries.

Here’s a second article on the map and its discovery:

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l-c map


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