BYU-Idaho has recently received the Lewis & Clark traveling exhibit. It will be here in Special Collections until November. Come see it while you can! Located on the 2nd floor of the David O. McKay Library.
Here are a few sneak peeks:
Captain Meriweather Lewis and Captain William Clark were charged by President Thomas Jefferson to explore and to chart the territory newly acquired following the Louisiana Purchase. Plant and animal life, geography, and local Nat
ive-American tribes were all sketched, studied, charted, recorded, and graphed along the way. A portable, permanent, and easily accessible method to document all of the expedition’s journeying was greatly needed, and thoroughly depended upon by Captains Lewis and Clark.
The primary writing utensil was the quill pen easily made from the primary wing-feather of a large bird (crows, owls, or turkeys for example). A good quill pen would need only infrequent sharpening, and would last as long as the feather itself.
The INK carried on the Corps of Discovery Expedition of Captains Lewis & Clark was kept as powder so as to allow for effortless transport and storage, and would be mixed into use when needed.
The tomahawk pipe was usually made from native wood, with the blade either being made from iron, or brass. This tool was mostly used mostly for smoking during ceremonies, councils, and rituals. It has also been referred to as the “peace pipe,” because they were given as gifts to seal treaties among different groups. Lewis and Clark took fifty tomahawk pipes on their expedition to use to trade, or to give as gifts. At times the tomahawk pipe was used for cutting, but this only happened periodically. The pipe was more symbolic, decorative item, and was usually held by Native American chiefs as a symbol of leadership.