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People Encountered - Was Sacagawea (Sakakawea) Really Reunited With Her Shoshone Brother?

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Yes. In a story seemingly out of Hollywood, Sakakawea was reunited with her Shoshone brother Cameahwait while accompanying the Corps of Discovery westward. Taken by a Hidatsa hunting party perhaps ten years earlier, brother and sister had not seen each other or known of each other’s fate. When the expedition approached the Shoshone, Sakakawea recognized her brother as well as some childhood friends resulting in a joyous and tearful reunion. It also resulted in obtaining Shoshone aid in the form of horses for their continued journey west.

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