On August 12th, 1805 Captain Lewis and 3 men crested the Continental Divide at present day Lemhi Pass and descended into the Lemhi Valley – meeting the local tribe on August 13th. On August 17th, at Camp Fortunate, Sacajawea was reunited with her family. We celebrate Sacajawea and her tribe, the Agai’dika Shoshone-Bannock. Without them the Lewis and Clark Expedition might not have been successful. We celebrate the values of peace and friendship that Lewis and Clark articulated to every tribe they encountered.
This year the 1805 Lewis & Clark Living Experience runs from August 10-20. If you are interested in stepping back in time to live like the Corps of Discovery there is still time to sign up for all or part of the program. Or you can wander down to the ancestral village at any time and observe the program in action. Agai’dika Heritage Days will begin Friday, August 19th with interpretive talks about the Expedition and Sacajawea in the Meriwether Theater, blacksmithing demos and a trade circle in the evening at the 1805 Experience. On Saturday, August 20th the annual Shoshone-Bannock spiritual walk/run will start at Tendoy School. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. Hot breakfast and registration begins at 7am – the walk starts around 8am. If you aren’t an early riser join us a little later at the Sacajawea Center from 10am-4pm there will be interpretive talks, heritage skill and craft demonstrations, activities and stories related to salmon hosted by the BLM, wagon rides, a rustic lunch and more. In the evening, once they have returned from Lemhi Pass, the tribe will provide a salmon and buffalo feast as well as singing and dancing demonstrations.
There is something for everyone at this family friendly event! Admission is by donation with a suggested $2 per person or $5 per family. For more information you can call 208.756.1188. If you would like to volunteer or be involved in some other way please contact us.