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?