In the spring of 1805, a young Shoshone woman joined the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804ñ1806) as it set off to explore the wilderness of the American Northwest. Her name was Sacagawea. The expedition leaders, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, needed a Shoshone interpreter, but Sacagawea would contribute much more. She would bring her knowledge of Native American ways and of the land itself to provide food, and serve as a guide when in familiar country. In her role as translator, Sacagawea would help Lewis and Clark better understand the cultures of the Native American tribes of the Plains and Rockies. At the same time, she would travel a journey of several thousand miles, as a young mother carrying and caring for an infant son. The story of the Shoshone explorer who contributed to the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition reveals a woman of great strength, character, and resourcefulness.
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Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-59556-026-1
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Michael Crosby was born in Giessen, Germany, in 1950, and has lived in Salmon, Idaho, since 1974 with his wife, Candace. Michael was a teacher and counselor in the Salmon schools from 1974 to 2000. He earned an M.A. in American history at the University of Idaho in 1983. Mr. Crosby was voted the Salmon Teacher of the Year in 1980, received the Teaching Excellence Award by the University of Idaho Alumni Association in 1983, and was the state winner of the "Take Pride in Idaho" award for history education in 1990. He has taught summer school and extension courses for the University of Idaho, Ricks College, and Idaho State University.
In 2000 Mr. Crosby joined the Bureau of Land Management in Salmon as interpretive historian for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, and worked during the summer months at Lemhi Pass and at the Sacajawea Interpretive Center in Salmon. He also appeared at Lewis and Clark Signature Events, beginning in 2003 at Charlottesville, Virginia, and ending in 2006 at St. Louis, Missouri. From 2001 to 2006 more than 10 thousand people attended Mr. Crosby's interpretive programs. On August 12, 2005, Mr. Crosby portrayed Private Hugh McNeal in the Bicentennial reenactment of the arrival of the Corps of Discovery at Lemhi Pass.
During the Bicentennial Mr. Crosby published a weekly Lewis and Clark article in the Salmon Recorder-Herald and on the Bureau of Land Management's website. His previous books are I'd Do It Again in a Minute! The History of the Civilian Conservation Corps on the Salmon National Forest and Joined by a Journey: The Lives of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery. He is currently working on a biography of Sacagawea for adults.