Sacagawea, Straight From the Salon
Taken for Our Daily Challenge: KNOWLEDGE, the topic for Wed. June 13. 2012
Sacagawea's knowledge of the Shoshone language helped get her husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, the gig as guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 - 1806.
This 2011 depiction of Sacagawea as an authoritative, strong and beauitful young woman contrasts markedly with the many statues made to honour her in earlier times. Gone is the cloak that shrouds her figure, replaced by a more form-fitting knee-length costume, much less encumbering. Seeing this made me think about the extent to which artists' conceptions of historical figures influence what they mean to us, especially when there are no contemporary images of them.
The artist is Heather Söderberg, who lives in Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA, where this statue is installed. The feather under Sacagawea's hand is worn by her son, "Pomp", who is snugged into a cradle board on her back.
Added to Monthly Scavenger Hunt (MSH) July 2012 3. History