The tropical emotion that has created a legendary Sacajawea awaits study by some connoisseur of American Sentiments.--More statues have been erected to her than to any other American woman. Few others have had so much sentimental fantasy expended on them. --And the has received what in the United States counts a canonization if not deification: she has become an object of state pride and interstate rivalry.
Bernard DeVoto, The Course of Empire
In memory of my father, Lee William Van Artsdale
It was early morning in the Agaiduka, the Salmon Eaters encampment, and struggling puffs of cooking-fire smoke reached into the chilly dawn air.
Outside, gray clouds hung low, ready to drizzle rain, and birds and wildlife stirred themselves in readiness for the new day.
Clad in a doeskin, alone and unafraid, she stood straight and proud before the onrushing forces of America's destiny: Sacajawea, child of a Shoshoni chief, lone woman on Lewis and Clark's historic trek -- beautiful spear of a dying nation.
She knew many men, walked many miles. From the whispering prairies, across the Great Divide to the crystal capped Rockies and on to the emerald promise of the Pacific Northwest, her story over flows with emotion and action ripped from the bursting fabric of a raw new land.
Ten years in the writing, SACAJAWEA unfolds an immense canvas of people and events, and captures the eternal longings of a woman who always yearned for one great passion -- and always it lay beyond the next mountain.
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Recreates the life and legend of the Shoshoni Indian as she struggles to survive among hostile tribes, is forced to become the wife of a French trader, and plays a pivotal role in the journeys of Lewis and Clark.