Believe in the Walk


Scene description from the screenplay, Sacajawea, The Windcatcher: On Sacajawea’s journey she meets an elder woman, a Shaman, Watkuweis, who recognizes the girl’s spiritual pain. “Your spirit waits with another…” says the Shaman. The girl does not understand the words, for through her human sadness of leaving her family behind, she feels hollow as if her spirit has left her.  But, Sacajawea believes in the walk, and the wisdom of the Great Father, “have faith in things unseen.”  She trusts the Shaman’s message even though she does not understand.

Later, downriver, Flathead warriors rush into the explorers’ camp. A little slave boy is with them — a Shoshone boy. When he sees Sacajawea, he knows she is of his people, and he thinks, and hopes, she is his lost mother. Sacajawea’s faith in the message from the Shaman and the meaning of the elder woman’s words become clear…

When Sacajawea met the slave boy, they recognized one another through their spirits (as kidnapped Shoshone children, their circumstances and emotions were similar). They both thought their spirits were gone, yet, they soon learned the truth. Sometimes spirit waits for us to catch-up — our job is to keep walking. What a mystery that Sacajawea and this little Shoshone boy would find each other on this ominous trail.  

The Great Water called her, and she believed in the walk.

In our human walk, we get a distorted view of our existence, usually because of emotions and other people’s words. Yet, there is a much more powerful, and transparent realm within us. To believe in that power and just walk in faith, is a force we all have, but many times fear and doubt keep us from using it. Sacajawea walked in her fearless belief, toward her full calling. In her story you will see the young girl’s warrior woman spirit as it crosses the harrowing matrix of her life, moving her toward something greater than her humanness.

We are each called to believe in the walk we have chosen in our life because it is to teach us. Just as Sacajawea and the little Shoshone boy, there is dark and light, positive and negative, good and evil, all along the way. We will never know what really happened to that child in history. But in our story, he is part of the vision Sacajawea sees in the beginning — and, he gives up everything he has for her purpose. Sacajawea honors his gift, with a prayer for his soul and peace for his mother. Let us walk together even though we do not see where we are going at times, for it is Spirit that guides in truth, not our human eyes.

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~ Descriptions and content from Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, are protected under a copyright from the U.S. Copyright Office and the Writer’s Guild of America/west.

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