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Sacagawea -- Explorer of the American Frontier In order to comprehend how significant Sacagawea was into the Lewis and Clark's mission to the Pacific, her history and the history of her people have to be told. An explorer known as Captain Clarke wrote that so as to announce the Indian words correctly, every letter sound must be made. There has been much debate on the spelling of this young explorer's title, because the letters to not match the sound (ex. "Sacajawea" does not fit "Sah-cah' gah-we-ah). In fact, in finding her name written on several files from different explores, there have been seventeen distinct spellings with only the "g" fitting in all them. When her title is split in 2, the Hidatsas translation is "Bird (Sacaga) Woman (Wea)" (Sacagawea, PBS -- 2005). In 1788, Sacagawea was born into the Shoshone tribe, (otherwise called the "Snake Nation") that was situated in the Rocky Mountain area. In the event the land was still around today, it would insure the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Sacagawaea's tribe made up the northern/eastern part of the territory, dwelt in tepee's, and were superb buffalo hunters. These individuals, called Lemhi Shoshone, were great warriors and amazing on horses. It was around now (1790's) that the Lemhi were forced to escape to the Rocky Mountains due to their enemy tribes, Blackfeet, Atsinas and Hidatsas, invading their territory. These enemies carried muskets so they were far more forceful in creating the Lemhi leave their territory. The Lemhi would plan hunting trips back to their homeland when the village was horribly rare on meals. These trips were very hazardous, and on a few of those trips in 1800 that the Lemhi guys were caught by the Hidatsas. The guys were beaten, tortured,.