Sacagawea and Pomp
… As the group neared Sacagawea’s former home and village, she began to recognize trails and provided helpful guidance. When the group arrived at the village, Sacagawea learned that all of her family except two brothers and the son of a sister had been killed. One of her brothers was now the chief, and a very joyful reunion ensued. Sacagawea negotiated a deal with the Shoshone that provided them with the horses needed to cross the Rockies and also a guide to help them through. The trip was far worse than anyone could have imagined. Food became nonexistent and the Corps was reduced to eating tallow candles to survive. As they descended the western slope and reached an area below the timberline, Sacagawea showed the men how to find and cook camas roots to help them regain their strength.