In 1800, when the Shoshone girl Boinaiv was about 12 years old, her band was camped at the Three Forks of the Missouri River in Montana, when they encountered some Hidatsa warriors. The warriors killed four men, four women and a number of boys. Several girls and boys, including Boinaiv, were captured and taken back to the Hidatsa village. At the Hidatsa camp, Boinaiv was given the name Sacagawea by her captors, which means "Bird Woman." There is more than a little argument over the derivation and spelling of her name. The Original Journals of Lewis and Clark support a Hidatsa origin. On May 20, 1805, Lewis wrote of "Sah-ca-ger-we-ah or Bird Woman's River" as a name for what is...Read more
- December 20, 1812?
- Mrs. Toussaint Charbonneau;
- Bird Woman;
- Charbonneau, Toussaint, Mrs.;