Skittles has started a new meme for every Tuesday called Heads or Tails visit her blog for instructions. Basically she gives us a word and we can do whatever we like with it. This week the subject is Explore or Explorer.Sacajawea
She climbed high mountains, crossed unfordable streams on a canoe and cured ill-stricken explorers with roots, berries and herbs. Her name was Sacajawea, or Bird Woman, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806.
Sacawajea, a Shoshone, was only fourteen years old when she was offered by her husband to assist as a translator on the Lewis and Clark expedition,
It was “Janey,” as Sacawajea was called by the men, who showed them how to find caches of unfamiliar but edible roots that gophers store near piles of driftwood. When bad weather overtook the explorers she managed to save many essential items such as maps, compass, trading goods, bullets, and food. So essential to the expedition were these things that if she hadn't taken it upon herself to rescue them the expedition would have been a failure.
Sacawajea's death remains a mystery. Some claim she died in 1814 and others assert it was well after, as she was thought to have interpreted at several councils from 1850 through the 1870’s.