WINDCATCHER: THE STORY OF SACAJAWEA — By Jane L. Fitzpatrick
Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea begins as a twelve year old Shoshone girl performs the coming-of-age rituals of her tribe. She steps away from childhood to embrace the hope of a peaceful union with her betrothed.
But, we quickly see the desperate path of Indian life, through wars between tribal enemies, burning of villages, and cruel killings for the coveted prize — the children. Brutally kidnapped, these young are forced into slavery or traded to abusive fur trappers for trinkets or guns.
This is the backdrop for the story of this intriguing woman, Sacajawea. It appears we know little about her, and yet, she waits for us between the lines of history. Not in bold headlines, but in the crude, misspelled words of the white men who knew her. From their journals, these explorers give us a unique glimpse of this incredible woman, her generosity, her strength, her fears and the great respect they had for her.
Through the course of this amazing and powerful journey Sacajawea makes her way home, only to face a shocking revelation that crushes her dream. But, through her uncle’s wisdom and a Shaman’s spiritual prophesy she changes her life. A new purpose unfolds — she must fulfill a promise to her people when she reaches the Great Water.
After two hundred years we now see her heart — we touch her Soul. She is a caring mother and a brave explorer. She is the first woman to cast her vote. In the end, Captain Clark is devoted to her for the rest of his life.
We invite you to discover this quiet heroine — the most statued woman in American history.
We invite you to fall in love with the Birdwoman, Sacajawea. She is the Windcatcher.
Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is based on a true story and
inspired by the Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1804-1806)