Ah hi e! death oars pleased
bought nev er sad dles
SACAJAWEA’S PEOPLE WILL SHOW THE WAY.
Cameahwait told his people how good the white men were.
He told them what good things they had.
He said, “If we sell them horses and take them over the mountains, they
can get back soon.
No goods will come to us until they go back to their home.
If we do not help them, they cannot cross the mountains.
They do not know the way.
And the people said, “Ah hi e! Ah hi e!”
That means, “We are pleased.”
They got horses to carry the goods.
They could not get enough horses to give the men to ride.
The captains bought a horse for Sacajawea to ride.
The soldiers made saddles from the oars tied together with pieces of
Then they started up the steep mountain.
heard must to-night slipped
THE INDIANS TRY TO LEAVE THE WHITES.
When they were in the mountain tops, Sacajawea overheard some Indians
They said: “We do not want to go across the mountains with the whites.
We want to go down to the plains and hunt buffalo.
We are hungry here.
On the plains are many buffalo.
We must hunt them now for our winter food.
We do not care for the white men’s goods.
Our fathers lived without their goods.
We can live without them.
We will go off to-night and leave them.
They will meet death in the mountains.
In the Spring we can come back and get their goods.”
Sacajawea went to Captain Lewis.
She told him what she had heard.
He called the chiefs together.
They smoked a pipe together.
gone land word keep prom ise yes
Then Captain Lewis said, “Are you men of your word?”
The Indians said, “Yes.”
He said, “Did you not promise to carry our goods over the mountains?”
“Then,” he said, “why are you going to leave us now?
If you had not promised, we would have gone back down the Missouri.
Then no other white man would come to your land.
You wish the whites to be your friends.
You want them to give you goods.
You should keep you promise to them.
I will keep my promise to you.
You seem afraid to keep your promise.”
They sent out word to all their men to keep their promise.
Captain Lewis thanked Sacajawea.
If she had not told him, the Indians would have gone off in the night.
The whites would have been left in the steep Rocky Mountains with no
horses and no way of getting food.