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Sacajawea

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In the saga of early western exploration a young Shoshoni Indian girl named Sacajawea is famed as a guide and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Far Northwest between 1804 and 1806. Her fame rests upon her contributions to the expedition. In guiding them through the wilderness, in gathering wild foods, and, above all, in serving as an ambassadress to Ind ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 15th 1979 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published January 1st 1971)
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Peter Mayeux
Jun 09, 2012 Peter Mayeux rated it it was ok
Although I found this book interesting to read, it really did not focus directly on Sacajawea and her role in the Lewis and Clark expedition. There are books with more complete coverage of this adventure, but this one offered an easy-to-read narrative of the Corps of Discovery --their trials and triumphs.

One big problem: lack of source material. Lewis and Clark and some of the men on the journey kept diaries and made entries about what they did and what they saw. Sacajawea did not/could not pro
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Revellee
May 16, 2016 Revellee rated it really liked it
Howard makes use of various primary documents to stitch together a narrative about the life of Sacajawea. She didn't keep a journal herself, so none of it is from her perspective. However, after concluding the summary of events of the Lewis and Clark expedition, Howard does offer the reader the Shoshoni version of her story and the complementing versions of a couple of researchers who published their reports on Sacajawea during the early 1900's. The writing is simple and easy to follow. The foot ...more
Carol McCasland
more about the Lewis & Clark Expedition than about Sacajawea, but nevertheless a great read. A new appreciation of Sacajawea and the hardships she endured, and the suprising value that William Clark placed on her as a person. Can you imagine being captured by a rival tribe at age 10 or so, being transported far away from your home and family, being bought by a French trapper/explorer as a teen, and bearing his child? And yet she rightly earned a place in American history as a valued woman. A ...more
Barbara Haig
Feb 14, 2013 Barbara Haig rated it it was ok
I didn't realize how old this book was - just picked it up from a Little Free Library in our neighborhood. More about Lewis & Clark than Sacagawea. Still interesting, though.
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