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Illustration: Building a fireNext, she built a fire and prepared breakfast for herself and Charbonneau. Depending on the foods available, meals usually included meat, fish, corn meal, roots or berries, or combinations of them. She learned to make chokecherry pudding sweetened with sugar, which she had never seen until she met the white men.
Photo: Mocasins After breakfast, she took down the tepee and packed it for traveling. When the explorers arrived at the next camp, after traveling an average of 14 river miles a day, she unpacked it and set it up. She gathered wood for the fires needed for the evening meal. She hauled water from rivers and springs for use in the camps. When there was time, she searched for fruits, nuts, roots and vegetables and collected plants she recognized as having medicinal uses.
Photo: Hawthorne berries Additional Audio "She hauled water, got firewood, went out and gathered, looked for food. She constantly supplied them with extra food rather than the meat diet they indulged in. She was repairing moccasins and sewing for them."  Rose Ann Abrahamson She also was the Corps of Discovery´s chief seamstress. Though many of the men were handy with needle and thread, Sacajawea spent many hours repairing or making clothing not only for herself and her family but for other members of the expedition as well. With the hard use they endured during the arduous journey, even leather clothes ripped, deteriorated and had to be replaced. Footwear was especially vulnerable, which was to be expected in view of the thousands of miles traveled over rough terrain in every kind of weather. When all her other chores were finished, Sacajawea often could be found making replacement moccasins.
Though only 16 or 17 when she joined the expedition, she proved to be more than competent as a mother. Surrounded by men, without another woman to offer advice or the benefit of experience, she cared for all of her infant son´s needs while carrying him halfway across a continent and back. By all accounts, he was a healthy, happy baby.

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