Ah you might think you know a lot about native Americans through popular movies books and classes in school but it turns outthat a lot of what we think we know about famous native American figures isn't quite right take sacajawea for example you probably remember her as a beautiful Indian woman who lived in exotic life serving as the all knowing guide for Lewis and clark's famous expedition rightwell.
That's not exactly how it happened not much is known about sacajawea is early childhood but we do know that she was born in seventeen eighty eight into the egg a take a tribe of the lemhi Shoshone in what is now Idahoin eighteen hundred when she was about twelve years old sacajawea and several other girls were kidnapped by a group of a dots hu Indians she was taken as a captive to a hots village in present day north Dakotathen.
She was sold to a French Canadian fur trapper named Tucson Shah bano within a year or so she was pregnant with their first child soon after she became pregnant the corps of discovery arrived near that had dots villages captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark built fort Mandan there and then started interviewing people to help guide them on their perilous expedition they agreed to hire socage away as husband shame on you with the understanding that his.
Lovely wife would also come along as an interpreterthey figured her very presence would help any encounters with native tribes along the way as Clark noted in his journal a woman with a party of men is a token of peace shortly thereafter sacajawea gave birth to a little boy named Jean battey shopClark called him Pompey she carried Pompey on a board strapped to her back as the corps of discovery forged on besides interpreting the language.
When Lewis and Clark encountered Indians sac a joyous activities as a member of the corps included digging for roots collecting edible plants and picking berriesin eighteen oh five the boat they were riding in was capsized she dove into the water recovering all the important papers and supplies that would otherwise have been lost including the journals and records of Lewis and Clarklater that year captain.
Lewis and three men scouted seventy five miles ahead of the expedition's main party crossing the continental divide the next day they encountered a group of Shoshonenot only do they prove to be Savage away as band but their leader chief Camille wait turned out to be her very own brother after five years of separation since her kidnapping as a young girl sacajawea and Camille wait had an emotional reunionunfortunately she quickly had to bid farewell to her beloved brother and continue on with the journey at one point the expedition became so difficult and freezing the group was reduced to eating candles to survive when temperatures finally became more.
Bearable saka joy of found Doug and cooked roots to help the group regain their strengthon the return trip they encountered an Indian wearing a beautiful fur robe Lewis and Clark wanted to bring the rope to Thomas Jefferson as a gift but had nothing to trade for it so sacajawea agreed to trade her most precious possession her beaded beltfor the for a little over two years after the expedition began it was finally over ending in St Louis today we learn about sacajawea and school as a heroic guidebut her life like most everyone's was much more complicated than history books sometimes give her credit for I
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