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Mammal    Species Name:
Mustela erminea
Original name, or synonym is [Mustela] Erminea Linnaeus, 1758.


Common Name:
Ermine

Family:
Mustelidae

Localities:
Along Lemhi River, Idaho
Shown by Shoshoni along Lemhi river
  August 22, 1805

White weasel

Weasels are mentioned twice in the journals, though neither entry is about weasels in the wild.  On both occasions, the weasels are skins in the possesion of an Indian.  A long journal passage is included here as ermine forms a part of clothing worn by Lemhi Shoshone, and Lewis attempted to describe the entire, elaborate dress.

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Journal Entries:

The dress described by Lewis is worn by Lemhi Shoshone, the tribe that Sacagawea was born into, circa 1788.
Cpt. Lewis, August 20,...  more>>

References Linné, Carl von, Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, Cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis, ed. 10, 2 vols, Holmiae: impensis direct. Laurentii Salvii, 1758

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Plains Indian dress with ermine pelts


 
 
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