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July 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
History Buffs | Saturday, July 16 at 9:00 a.m.
The Onomastics of an Indian Woman (Sacagawea) Presented by Gary Moulton
The term “onomastics” relates to the study of names—place-names usually, but also to personal names. Gary was led to this topic when he wondered if during the Lewis and Clark expedition terms for Sacagawea changed over time and if those changes were the result of circumstances. For example, did expedition journalists (particularly Lewis and Clark) use more familiar or affectionate names for her as they got to know her better? Did she go from “Indian squaw” to “our Indian woman,” from “interpreter’s wife” to “Sacagawea” as time passed? And did specific names for her reflect particular attitudes? After examining all references to her in the journals, Gary has some interesting suggestions for answering these questions. All are welcome.