“Your woman who accompanied you [on] that long, dangerous and fatiguing route to the Pacific Ocean and back deserved a greater reward for her attention and services on that route than we had in our power to give her.”~Captain William Clark
Warrior Woman Spirit, Sacajawea – In a time when Indigenous women were not respected by whites and their voices were not heard, how could this young Shoshone girl, Sacajawea, even be remembered? But, Sacajawea’s existence has ignited passion and controversies with Native Americans and historians for generations. Even today, there are a multitude of opinions stirring a firestorm of emotion around her story with conflicting beliefs. Many times darkness shrouds the emotions, because they do not understand Sacajawea’s Light.
Even historians have tried to minimize Sacajawea’s involvement on the Lewis & Clark Expedition by making her seem marginalized and inconsequential, while others have glorified her as a guide to the Pacific, when she had never actually been across the great mountains. Sacajawea was a guide, but not in the sense we would like to portray.
Most of the explorers of the Lewis & Clark Expedition were only able to understand their literal world. But, Creator was at work in a mysterious way – leading, guiding, answering prayers, moving them onward toward a Spiritual quest… through the wisdom of a young Native girl.
The Captains were commissioned to record the Native tribes and their languages… Not knowing Sacajawea believed they would be safe because, in faith, she wore the paint of her people that told other tribes they had come in peace.
They were ordered to map the waterways and land for developing a trade route to the Pacific… Not knowing Sacajawea, through her Indigenous wisdom, prayed for them on the smoke to the Great Father for safe passage.
They were determined to find her Shoshone people to get horses to cross the ominous mountains… Not knowing Sacajawea had been living her prayer for four years, that the Great Father would guide her home.
They were there as soldiers, on the path to western expansion …. Not knowing Sacajawea’s innate acceptance of a Call toward her greater destiny was at work … a destiny we now know, was for our world today.
These explorers did not know at the time they were being empowered by a Warrior Woman Spirit, and her Belief as an Indigenous woman, taught by her people and guided by the Great Spirit.
At the time of her physical life, Sacajawea became a Light for Lewis and Clark, who, without knowing what was to come, were opening a very dark time for Indigenous people in America. There was no other soul, in all of history, who stood on the edge of that darkness facing the Light, except Sacajawea…
Indeed, she was a guide, but not in the sense they thought… For generations she has waited, and NOW is her time. Let us walk this glorious path toward the Awakening of “Lewis & Clark” and her destiny – for from that empowered moment in history, a brilliant light survived through the ages – an Infinite flame.
We have witnessed her brilliance as Creator works in such mysterious ways. We have come to know, through our own self-awakening, from Spirit’s direction and undeniable signs and wonders, it is Sacajawea’s story that is destined to ignite a great Awakening of Love in Humankind. Let us give her a voice.