Monday, August 3, 2009

No vacation would be complete without a stop over at a cemetery.

There seems to be a lot of discussion as to where Sacagawea was buried and when she had died.

Our son left his favorite rock that he had found at the Wind river Popo agie sinks in the folds of this statues dress. I think that she probably would have liked that.
This cemetery is so beautiful even though it's not mowed. It seems very respectful even so. The flowers and the gifts that are left for their beloved dead are meaningful. This was the most sentimental cemetery that I have ever been to and yet I had been there once before.


Melody K said...

Beautiful cemetery. That is neat, that you took a picture of Sacagawea's grave! I know there is a controversy surrounding her. There are two versions that I have heard; one is that she died of a fever in her 20's. The other (which I believe) is that she left her abusive common-law husband Toussaint Charbonneau (spelling is probably wrong)and returned to her people. The story is that Charbonneau had won her in a poker game. She supposedly died in the Wind River area in her late nineties.
If your library has it, you would enjoy "The Spirit Woman" by Margaret Coel. She writes mysteries, and this book is fiction, but she did a lot of research on Sacagawea.

belinda said...

I have heard about the story. Her husband was way over chicked and he married above his station in life.

I personally believe the story that Clark wrote in his letters that she had died young. The Indians tend to be romantic which I throughly enjoy.

bookprojectusa said...

Belinda, though you would like to believe Clark, there is proof in other books that the woman who died in 1812 was not Sacajawea, but Otter Woman, another of Charbonneau's wives. (he was Sacajawea's french-born husband)Clark had no contact with her after 1810 and assumed she died based on info incorrectly given to him by fur trappers who didn't know Charbonneau had more than one wife. Sacajawea died on April 1884 and there are papers by government officials who verified who she was during her later years. SEE Sacajawea: Her True Story by Rich Haney.