Sacagawea Tribe

1223 Words 5 Pages
“Bird Woman”
"Everything I do is for my people." (“Sacagawea Quotes”). Sacagawea was very loyal to her tribe, the Shoshone, even after the way they treated her. She had been kidnapped and sent to help out in the Lewis and Clark Expedition; an important journey lead by the Corps of Discovery to explore the newly-bought land called The Louisiana Purchase. Because of her free spirit, determination, and incredible help in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Sacagawea became a notable Native American woman who changed American culture.
Sacagawea was born approximately in 1788. She was born in what is now Lemhi County, Idaho. Since there was no written language in Shoshone, the spelling of her name is unknown, but Lewis always spelled it “Sacagawea,”
…show more content…
Lewis and Clark decided to build a shelter called Fort Mandan for the winter. They met Charbonneau and insisted for him to come. They then took along Sacagawea because of her knowledge of the Shoshone culture and language. They became part of the interpreter team. If a Shoshone tribe was encountered, Sacagawea would talk to them and translate it to Hidatsa for Charbonneau, then he would translate it into French for Francois Labiche (a member of the corps), then he would translate it into English for Lewis and Clark. Sacagawea was the only woman out of all 33 troops. At the time, she was six months …show more content…
Sacagawea and the Corps of Discovery had survived illness, flash floods, temperature extremes, food shortages, mosquito swarms. Charbonneau received 320 acres and $500.33. Sacagawea received nothing.
Not much is known about her life when she returned to the Mandan Villages. In 1809, it is believed that she and her husband (or just her husband according to some stories) traveled with their son to St. Louis to see Clark. They left Pompey in Clark's care. 3 years later, Sacagawea gave birth to Lizette Charbonneau. When Sacagawea died, Clark immediately took custody over Lizette and Pompey.
There are many theories for Sacagawea’s death. The most known is that she died at Fort Manuel (what is now Kenel, South Dakota), around 1812 from putrid fever or possibly typhoid fever, a parasite bacterium spread by fleas. The other theory is that she rejoined the Shoshone on their Wind River reservation, lived another 70 years, and died there in

Related Documents