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Sacajawea, Meet <i>Cogewea</i>: A Red Progressive Revision of Frontier Romance

Joanna Brooks

in Lewis & Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520228399
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228399.003.0009
Sacajawea, Meet Cogewea: A Red Progressive Revision of Frontier Romance

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This chapter studies the enduring and exasperating romance of Sacajawea, who is hardly masked as the titular character of Mourning Dove's 1927 novel. It notes that there is a lack of information about Sacagawea, but her heroics have been retold by figures such as Charles Eastman and the United States Department of the Treasury. The chapter presents a discussion of Cogewea, the main character of Mourning Dove's novel, and points out that Red Progressives were confused at the tragic role that Indianness offered them.

Keywords: Sacajawea; Mourning Dove; Cogewea; heroics; Red Progressives; Indianness

Chapter.  6139 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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