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68 inches. Our cardboard cutout of Sacajawea. All cardboard cutouts come folded and have an easel attached to the back to be self-standing. Items are printed and produced to order. Printing and processing takes up to 5 business days plus shipping time.

Introduction to Sacajawea

Celebrate the legacy of one of America's most iconic explorers with our lifesize cardboard cutout of Sacajawea. Perfect for historical displays, educational events, or as an inspiring addition to your home or office, this cutout captures the adventurous spirit of Sacajawea, reflecting her significant role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition and her enduring impact on American history.

Background of Sacajawea

Sacajawea was born around 1788 in the Lemhi Shoshone tribe, in what is now Idaho. At a young age, she was captured by the Hidatsa tribe during a raid and later sold into marriage to Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian fur trader. Sacajawea's life took a dramatic turn when, at approximately 16 years old and pregnant, she joined the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804 as an interpreter and guide.

The expedition, officially known as the Corps of Discovery, was tasked with exploring the newly acquired Louisiana Territory and finding a route to the Pacific Ocean. Sacajawea’s knowledge of the land, languages, and cultures proved invaluable to the success of the mission. She helped secure horses, supplies, and safe passage through challenging terrain, often with her infant son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, on her back.

One of Sacajawea's most notable contributions was her calm and resourceful nature during a crisis when the expedition's boat capsized, saving crucial supplies and documents. Her presence also reassured Native American tribes of the expedition's peaceful intentions, as a woman and child accompanying a group of men were seen as non-threatening.

After the expedition, Sacajawea and her family settled in the Upper Missouri River area. She died in 1812, though some accounts suggest she may have lived longer. Her legacy is honored through various monuments, educational programs, and her depiction on the U.S. dollar coin, introduced in 2000.

Cultural Impact of Sacajawea

Sacajawea’s impact on American history is profound and enduring. Her role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition symbolizes courage, resilience, and the vital contributions of Native Americans to the nation's history. Sacajawea's ability to navigate and communicate across diverse landscapes and cultures was crucial to the success of one of America's most significant exploratory missions.

Her story highlights the often-overlooked contributions of women and Indigenous peoples in the exploration and expansion of the United States. Sacajawea’s legacy serves as an inspiring example of strength and resourcefulness, and her name has become synonymous with exploration and adventure.

Sacajawea has been commemorated in numerous ways, including statues, educational curricula, and literature. Her depiction on the U.S. dollar coin underscores her importance as a national symbol. The Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Education Center in Salmon, Idaho, near her birthplace, serves to educate the public about her life and the broader context of Native American history.

Her legacy continues to inspire and educate, reminding us of the diverse and integral roles that women and Native Americans have played in shaping the history of the United States. Sacajawea’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of cross-cultural understanding.

This cutout of Sacajawea celebrates her remarkable contributions and enduring legacy as an iconic explorer and guide. It serves as a tribute to her adventurous spirit, her impact on American history, and her significant role in the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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