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Nations that Lewis & Clark encountered
Lewis & Clark encountered over 50 Tribes 

GREAT BASIN INDIANS  -    Shoshone, Bannock, Pauite

Known as Digger Indians; foraging and digging for edible wild plants - roots, berries, seeds, and nuts.

NORTHWEST COASTAL INDIANS -Chinook, Tillamook, Clatsop, Salishan

Were among the premier Native American woodworkers.  Northwest Coastal Indians often erected giant totem poles outside their houses.

 PLAINS INDIANS- Blackfeet, Assiniboine, Crow, Hidatsa, Mandan, Yankton Sioux, Arikara, Teton Sioux, Ponca, Omaha, Otoe, Kaw, Missouri, Osage

Nomadic lifestyle following the buffalo herds.  Most famous of all Indians for their horsemanship, buffalo hunting skills, teepees, and war bonnets.

PLATEAU INDIANS - Yakama, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Nez Perce, Flathead, Wishram, Wanapum, Palouse, Cayuse,  Klickitat, Methow

Living along the Columbia River Basin and its tributaries, the Plateau Indians were skillful fisherman.  Salmon was their main food source; supplemented with a variety of  berries and roots.

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Judy Bluehorse
is Nez Perce
on her father's side of
the family and her
mother is Cherokee.
Today Judy speaks
of herbal medicine and
the native way of
making relationships with the plant people.


For thousands of years, the use of plants for food, medicine, tools, clothing, homes and ceremony has been an important part of Native American family and community life. Lewis and Clark learned of some of these edible and medicinal plants from the tribes they met along the trail.


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