Synopsis

Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea by Jane L. Fitzpatrick

The year is 1800, at the headwaters of the Missouri River. BOINAIR, a 12-year-old Shoshone girl celebrates her initiation into womanhood. Her husband is chosen; her future is bright. But, after the ceremony her village is attacked by Hidatsa warriors determined to take women and children. The girl is torn from those she loves and given the Hidatsa name Sacajawea, for the spirit of the eagle that leads her.

In early 1803, President THOMAS JEFFERSON commissions his secretary, MERIWETHER LEWIS to lead an expedition to the Pacific Ocean. By June, WILLIAM CLARK joins the Corps of Discovery.

At the same time, Sacajawea, now a Hidatsa slave, is traded for a gun to a brutish French trapper, CHARBONNEAU. Soon, she is pregnant with his son.

By November 1804, the Corps of Discovery arrives at the Hidatsa village searching for an interpreter to negotiate for Shoshone horses to cross the mountains. In this exploration that will birth a nation, Sacajawea sees a way home…

Through horrendous weather, starvation and the constant threat of death the Corps finally reaches the Shoshone village. Sacajawea is reunited with her family. But, her dreams of staying home are lost, for she and her son belong to the white man.

In his wisdom, CAMEAHWAIT, her uncle (brother), sets a new purpose for his niece. Though devastated and heartsick, Sacajawea accepts what seems an unhappy fate — not yet realizing her true destiny is before her…

The soldiers marvel at their luck, knowing they have horses because of Sacajawea. If only President Jefferson knew the door to his dream of expansion, and the future of a modern world, is now open because of a 16 year old Indian girl.

This is a story that has never been told in a feature film. It is a powerful, epic drama about an icon of history — the Windcatcher.

Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea is based on a true story and inspired by the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

 

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