We studied Lewis & Clark's expedition in grade 4 when I learned of their exploration of thousands of miles of land between North Dakota and the Pacific Ocean. It wasn't until I learned of Sacagawea (Bird Woman) and her contribution to their cause that I became interested in it (Social Studies wasn't my favorite subject in school) and was amazed how this woman travelled so far and made such a great contribution through interpreting and connecting with the tribes along the way...she even gave birth to a son while in that role. She had been abducted by another tribe while she was a young girl and eat the age of 13 married a Quebecois trapper. The direction that she led the explorers through the Rocky Mountains eventually became the route of the Northern Pacific Railway. She was a guide on occasion but was known for creating cultural connections. She also became the symbol a independence for the suffragette movement.