Questions relative to morals appeared on Rush’s and Clark’s lists and revolved around vices, suicide, murder, liquor, and punishment for offenses.
Indian health practices were worthy of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s notice as in some ways they were equal to or more advanced than those of the white settlers.
Fields as he seized his gun stabed the indian to the heart with his knife the fellow ran about 15 steps and fell dead.” Once the Indians realized the Americans were awake and armed, they tried to run off and steal the expedition’s horses. that I would shoot them if they did not give me my horse and raised my gun, one of them jumped behind a rock and spoke to the other who turned around and stoped at the distance of 30 steps from me and I shot him through the belly, he fell to his knees and on his wright elbow from which position he partly raised himself up and fired at me, and turning himself about crawled in behind a rock which was a few feet from him.
Clark utilized Rush’s list and added a few of his own queries concerning the treatment of smallpox and methods of inducing evacuation.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition came in contact with nearly fifty Native American tribes and soon learned that the various groups had different lifestyles, languages, and opinions of the white men.
Some welcomed the explorers and were eager to trade and interact; others acted fearful or threatened.
Under the cover of darkness, the infuriated Blackfeet warriors attempted to steal guns from the expedition.
Lewis records the ensuing fight in his journal, “R.
The Indians offered food and valuable advice about geography.
The Nez Perce, who considered killing the strangers when they first staggered out of the mountains, provided aid at a time when their help was critical to the survival of the expedition members.