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Fradin, Dennis B.
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2002
IL 3-6, RL 4.9

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Do you like to travel? Imagine travelling thousands of miles by foot, horse, and canoes for two years across America. Two centuries ago, a young American Indian woman made such a long trip. Her name was Sacagawea. Her name means “Bird woman”. Why did this 16 year old go on such a difficult trip? She and her husband and baby joined the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  President Jefferson gave the people in this expedition the task of exploring and mapping the new land that the United States had purchased from the French in 1803. This huge territory was the western part of the United States. The expedition needed someone who could translate when they met Indians along the way. As a Shoshone Indian, Bird woman would help as a guide and translator. With her invaluable help, the expedition was a success. At one time during the trip, she prevented a disaster by saving their supplies as their canoes turned nearly over on the river. The expedition led the way for the eventual settlement of the western part of the United States. In her recognition, more landmarks have been named for Sacagawea than for any other American woman. Mountains and lakes have been named after her. Even a coin was issued in the year 2000 in her honor. Read more about her life and the Lewis and Clark Expedition in this book,  (May Harn Liu,,  librarian)

SUBJECTS:     Indians of North America -- Biography.
                        Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)
                        Shoshoni -- Indians -- Biography.
                        Shoshoni women -- Biography.
                        Women -- Biography.

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