They Call Me Sacagawea

They Call Me Sacagawea

by Joyce Badgley Hunsaker, J. Hunsaker
     
 

They Call Me Sacagawea is rich and classic storytelling. The history of the astounding expedition of Lewis and Clark leaps off the page when told here by their teenage Shoshone interpreter—Sacagawea. Readers learn about this young mother's extraordinary travels with the celebrated Corps of Discovery and gain detailed insight into native traditions and life

Overview

They Call Me Sacagawea is rich and classic storytelling. The history of the astounding expedition of Lewis and Clark leaps off the page when told here by their teenage Shoshone interpreter—Sacagawea. Readers learn about this young mother's extraordinary travels with the celebrated Corps of Discovery and gain detailed insight into native traditions and life ways through unforgettable images and a beautifully presented story based on oral traditions, scholarly research, and historical anecdotes. This book will appeal to readers ages 8-14.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Joyce has offered a text about my great-great-grandmother, Sacagawea, in a way that held my attention. It gave me the feeling that I was an invisible observer."
-Saundra Todd, descendant of Sacagawea

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762725809
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

Then the storms came. They battered and bruised us. Hailstones the size of fists slammed down from the sky, knocking some senseless and tearing our clothes to rags. The sky grew black. It boiled. The wind howled like wolves.

"Run!" cried Clark. "Take shelter!" He pointed to a dry ravine. Charbonneau and I did as Clark said, thinking the overhanging rocks would keep us dry. I took the cradleboard from my back and took Pomp out. I clutched him to me, pressing my back hard against the dirt bank. Clark joined us there. But the rain came too hard and fast. Suddenly the hillsides gave way in a torrent of tumbling water, rocks, and mud. Charbonneau got out first, then reached down for me. Clark was standing waist-deep in water, where no water had been before. He pushed me up to Charbonneau with Pomp in my arms, just in time. Clark barely had time to scramble up behind me before the water grew as tall as two men, then as tall as three. We lost the cradleboard, but my Pomp was safe.

The next day, we returned to see if we could find what had been lost: Clark's umbrella, Clark's compass, and the cradleboard. The compass was found in the mud, but nothing else.

Later, Clark wrote of this in his journal. He named the place "Defeated Drain," because his compass was safe. But I thought, it is we who are defeated. For in the cradleboard taken by the storm were all of Pomp's clothes and all of my possessions.

Meet the Author

Joyce Badgley Hunsaker is an award-winning historical interpreter, storyteller, and author. Her thoughtful and carefully researched programs have won her national acclaim as both actress and historian. She has performed across the country in schools, museums, on national television and radio, as well as for Disney, with the NBA Portland Trailblazers, at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and at the Smithsonian Institution.
Joyce Badgley Hunsaker's family bloodlines include Cherokee and Sioux, English, French, and Scots-Irish. Several tribes have honored her with ceremonial names.
Joyce's book Sacagawea Speaks: Beyond the Shining Mountains with Lewis & Clark was honored as 2001 History Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine.

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