Sacagawea: Lewis and Clark's Pathfinder

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Sacagawea, the woman who helped guide and interpret for the Lewis and Clark Expedition is remembered today as a symbol of strength and character. She was just 17, and the mother of an infant boy, when she joined her husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, on the long journey of exploration undertaken by Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and their Corps of Discovery. During that journey, she assumed many roles. She was a translator, helping Lewis and Clark communicate with various Native American tribes. She was a guide, showing the way as the Corps traveled through her homeland. And she was a teacher, explaining the culture of her land and its people.

For her part in the Lewis and Clark Expedition s success, she has been honored in many ways. Numerous statues of Sacagawea can be found across the United States, and mountains, rivers, and lakes have been named for her. In 1999, the U.S. Mint released a gold-colored dollar coin bearing an image meant to represent her.

Despite Sacagawea s importance to American history, there is remarkably little reliable information available about her. No portraits were ever painted of her, so her actual appearance remains unknown. No written records exist to verify her date of birth or death. People cannot even agree about the proper spelling of her name. This new biography draws on journals written by members of the Corps of Discovery and others who knew Sacagawea, to paint a human picture of this legendary woman.

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Michael Crosby was born in Giessen, Germany, in 1950, and has lived in Salmon, Idaho since 1974 with his wife Candace. Michael was a teacher and counselor in the Salmon schools from 1974 to 2000. He earned an M.A. in American history at the University of Idaho in 1983.

Mr. Crosby was voted the Salmon Teacher of the Year in 1980, received the Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Idaho Alumni Association in 1983, and was the state winner of the Take Pride in Idaho award for history education in 1990. He has taught summer school and extension courses for the University of Idaho, Ricks College, and Idaho State University.

In 2000 Mr. Crosby joined the Bureau of Land Management in Salmon as interpretive historian for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, and worked during the summer months at Lemhi Pass and at the Sacajawea Interpretive Center in Salmon. He also appeared at Lewis and Clark Signature Events, beginning in 2003 at Charlottesville, Virginia and ending in 2006 at St. Louis, Missouri. From 2001 to 2006 more than 10,000 people attended Mr. Crosby s interpretive programs. On August 12, 2005 Mr. Crosby portrayed Private Hugh McNeal in the Bicentennial reenactment of the arrival of the Corps of Discovery at Lemhi Pass.

During the Bicentennial Mr. Crosby published a weekly Lewis and Clark article in the Salmon Recorder-Herald and on the Bureau of Land Management s Web site.

His previous books are I d Do It Again in a Minute!: The History of the Civilian Conservation Corps on the Salmon National Forest and Joined by a Journey: The Lives of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery.

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Grade 7–10—This attractive title introduces the young Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Crosby addresses the controversies surrounding the proper meaning and pronunciation of her name and the date of her death. More importantly, he also explains the legacy of the journey: how our views of it have changed over time and how it affected Native Americans in the West. Full of clear maps, historical paintings, reproductions of period documents (including journals), and color photographs of landmarks along the route, this is a visually attractive package. In content, it is similar to Alana J. White's Sacagawea (Enslow, 1997), but the presentation is much more appealing. Detailed endnotes show the depth of the author's research, and the suggested reading includes books for both younger and older students and Internet sources.—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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