Thomas P. Slaughter’s “Exploring Lewis and Clark” aims to allow the reader to interpret the journal writings of Lewis and Clark in his or her own way with the goal of disposing how we used to think about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and think differently about the role and impact of the voyage. This viewpoint is exactly how I would like to understand my resources on Sacagawea, by connecting the 21st century to 1804-6 and uncover the hidden themes to why the Native American guide and her fellow explorers are still prevalent in today’s society. In chapter 5, Slaughter uses the name “Porivo” rather than Sacagawea, a name given to the Mandan tribe member in Native accounts on the expedition. This alias to incredibly significant to the process of my research as it contrasts the many myths of the Natives to the “set in stone” stories of the American settlers. Another subject that this author points out is the continuous treatment of the “Indian princess” from the time she was captured up to her alleged death at 24 years old. This narrative of how the other Corps members treated her reveals why she has been such a massive symbol in feminist movements and why she is celebrated for being a woman on a man’s voyage. I believe this source will become undeniably useful in crafting my thesis as well as incorporating different reactions and myths surrounding Sacagawea.
Slaughter, Thomas P. Exploring Lewis and Clark. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
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