Who was Sacagawea?

Sacagawea was a  Indian girl who accompanied the Corps of Discovery expedition led by Captains William Clark and Merriwether Lewis to explore the American Northwest. Sacagawea’s image was popularized in the early 20th century as a significant historical character after the publication of a novel by Eva Emery Dye, Conquest: The…

Controversy of Sacagawea’s death

The death of Sacagawea is as controversial as the spelling of her name. The most accepted and the one that most historians support is 1812 as the date of her death. Others, relying on American Indian oral tradition believe that she died in 1884 in Shoshone lands.

Sacagawea’s role and significance in the Lewis and Clark expedition

Sacagawea was the only female among 32 male members of the Lewis and Clark expedition. She was part of the main party from April 7, 1805 until August 14, 1806. Her official role was that of a  interpreter. However, she was not in the payroll as was  her French Canadian…

Sacagawea, Sakakawea or Sacajawea?

As with the , the spelling of her name is a long running controversy and still a matter of debate among scholars. Over the years it has been spelled Sacagawea, Sakakawea or Sacajawea. Each spelling has its own origin and tradition. But what is the correct spelling of the name…

Sacagawea’s tribe, the Shoshone

Sacagawea belonged to the Lemhi Shoshone band of Northern Shoshones who lived in the Tendoy/Salmon Idaho area. The Lemhi-Shoshone tribe is made up of the Agaidikas or Salmon-Eater Shoshone and the Tukidikas or Sheep-Eater Shoshone. Sacagawea belonged to the Agaidikas and is the most well-known member of the Shoshone. The…

Sacagawea joins the Lewis and Clark Expedition

On April 7, 1805 as the spring was being felt on the Missouri River, 17 year old Sacagawea, with her on her back, departed with the  on what was to be a 5,000 mile (8,000 km) journey that would last 16 months. Sacagawea , her role was not just that…