A Talk with Sacajawea

Three questions to any historical figure is a tough thing to come up with. There are so many people I would like to ask a few questions. I think I would want to direct my questions today to Sacajawea. I have long been amazed by her story. I began reading about her when I was in fifth grade. She was an incredibly strong and intelligent woman who went through a lot.

My first question for her would be “When did you die?” It has been recorded that she passed away from an illness in December of 1812. Her children were then adopted by William Clark. However, there were stories that Sacajawea had finally left her husband and traveled back across the Great Plains. They say she married a Comanche and eventually made it back to her own tribe where she died in 1860. That’s a huge time difference. One date would put her at around 25 when she passed and the other would have her living until she was about 95 so I’m curious at to which is correct.

My second question would be to ask how accurate the stories of her childhood and life truly are. There really isn’t a lot known about her, so many of the books written about her have to go in and fill out the details. I’m curious as to which author might have told a more accurate story.

Finally, I would want to what it was like to travel with Lewis and Clark on such an arduous journey. That was certainly a difficult journey to make but to make it with an infant as well! What difficulties did she come across? What were some joyous moments she experienced? When they came across her people and she was reunited with her brother after being stolen away as a child, did she wish to stay there instead of continuing on with Lewis and Clark? There is so much that I could learn if only I could sit down and talk with Sacajawea.

Who would you want to talk to if you could talk to any historical figure?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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8 Responses to A Talk with Sacajawea

  1. jeff7salter says:

    oh, she’d be a great one to talk with. Did you ever track down a copy of that book I mentioned — which fleshes out some of Sacajawea’s PROBABLE thoughts and words during the L & C Expedition? It was based in part on the actual journals of Lewis and Clark… and other historical documents from that expedition. Don’t recall the name now.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    These are good questions for many historical figures who lived in times and cultures when things weren’t recorded as they in others. We know just enough about them to understand that they played a big part in our history, but not much else. If she did live to be 95, it would be interesting to find out why she gave up her children. But life then was difficult, and people had to make wrenching decisions.

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  3. elainecsc2013 says:

    I guess we’ll never know all the details of her life, but she’s certainly an important figure in the history of America’s westward expansion.

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  4. We never know what is in a person’s hear t, unless they kept a diary where they truly poured their hearts into it. She didn’t and, let’s face it, she was an Indian. I have them in the family and few are open books.
    I can’t imagine any woman making that journey.I don’t understand how any nomadic women make it, or even those who traveled across the Plains, not to mention refugees.
    Yes, she is certainly an interesting person. Good choice.

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  5. Joselyn says:

    Great questions! I had not heard about the discrepancy in her time of death. That would be very interesting to know.

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