The Resource The making of Sacagawea : a Euro-American legend, Donna J. Kessler

The making of Sacagawea : a Euro-American legend, Donna J. Kessler

Label
The making of Sacagawea : a Euro-American legend
Title
The making of Sacagawea
Title remainder
a Euro-American legend
Statement of responsibility
Donna J. Kessler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sacagawea is one of the most renowned figures of the American West. A member of the Shoshone tribe, she was captured by the Hidatsas as a child and eventually became one of the wives of a French fur trader, Toussaint Charbonneau. In 1805 Charbonneau joined Lewis and Clark as the expedition's interpreter. Sacagawea was the only woman to participate in this important mission, and some claim that she served as a guide when the expedition reached the upper Missouri River and the mountainous region. Although much has been written about the historical importance of Sacagawea in connection with the expedition, no one has explored why her story has endured so successfully in Euro American culture. In an examination of representative texts (including histories, works of fiction, plays, films, and the visual arts) from 1805 to the present. Kessler charts the evolution and transformation of the legend over two centuries and demonstrates that Sacagawea has persisted as a Euro-American legend because her story exemplified critical elements of America's foundation myths - especially the concept of manifest destiny. Kessler also shows how the Sacagawea legend was flexible within its mythic framework and was used to address cultural issues specific to different time periods, including suffrage for women, taboos against miscegenation, and modern feminism. In concluding, Kessler summarizes the history of Sacagawea narratives and provides useful connections to other Native American works. This study attests that the Sacagawea legend illustrated and reinforced Euro-American frontier myths while it simultaneously allowed a populace to test and comment on critical, timely concepts unfolding within a dynamic society
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
917.804/2
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
F592.7.S123
LC item number
K47 1996eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The making of Sacagawea : a Euro-American legend, Donna J. Kessler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-247) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The Sacagawea Legend Since 1970: Proliferation of Popular Traditions and Dissenting Portrayals
  • 6.
  • The Sacagawea Legend: Past Images and Future Prospects
  • 1.
  • Frontier Myths and "Indian" Images: Essential Elements for the Making of the Sacagawea Legend
  • 2.
  • Original Expedition Journals and Earliest Editions: Raw Materials of Legend
  • 3.
  • The Birth and Proliferation of the Sacagawea Legend: The Progressive Era
  • 4.
  • Variation and Elaboration: The Sacagawea Legend from the 1940s through the 1960s
Control code
ocm45730855
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 258 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585273099
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b27438193
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)45730855
  • acaebk058527309X
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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