Sacagawea Analysis

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When beginning to understand the establishment of this nation, American students are introduced to the pivotal journey that was the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In grade school learners are taught that the two English men had a young Native accompany them and translate language. Of course, we now understand the journey was much more complex and strenuous than we were led to believe. Author Sherman Alexie touches briefly on Sacagawea’s struggles, accomplishments and untimely death in an attempt to give insight to her true self. He claims that she is the first gene pair of American dna, our beginning, our mother. I believe Alexie interprets Sacagawea’s role in the exploration of the new world as grossly underestimated and criticizes American cultures

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