of Idaho's Lemhi Shoshoni tribe are getting rave reviews at
the Lewis and Clark National Bicentennial Exhibition in St. Louis.
of the tribe are featured in and helped produce two films being
shown at the $7 million exhibition, which opened this month at the
Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.
of the films is an orientation for the exhibition. The other, a
documentary called "Crossing the Divide," tells the story
of Lewis and Clark's encounter with the tribe of Sacajawea
on Idaho's Lemhi Pass.
covers the meeting of Lewis and Clark with them and how that affected
both the Shoshoni people and the expedition," exhibition curator
Carolyn Gilman said in a telephone interview. "I hope the tribe
gets some good publicity out of it, because they did a wonderful
job. We're very pleased with the films, and our visitors also
are impressed. We're getting a lot of very positive comments."
footage for both films was shot last summer near Lemhi Pass, south
of the Lemhi Shoshoni people who participated were featured in "Sacajawea,
Her Story by Her People," an Idaho Statesman 52-page special
section published in November.
descendant Rose Ann Abrahamson appears in the orientation film.
Her nieces, Summer and Challis Baldwin, play Sacajawea and another
Lemhi Shoshoni girl in the documentary. The voices of Emma George,
Eloise Lopez and other members of the tribe also are used. Rozina
George was a consultant.
set up the whole shoot, lined up the actors and got them the costumes
they needed," Gilman said.
did it because this is important to us," Rozina George said.
"We want people to know our tribe's involvement in the
Lewis and Clark expedition. It's important for the public
to know that the true people of Sacajawea are the Agaidikas (a branch
of the Lemhi Shoshoni). A lot of people incorrectly associate her
with other tribes."
6,000 square-foot exhibition includes more than 450 artifacts, from
Thomas Jefferson's letter of credit for the expedition to
Meriwether Lewis' spyglass telescope to William Clark's
handwritten, elkskin-bound field manual. It's the first time
they've been assembled in one place since the Corps of Discovery
returned to St. Louis in 1806.
exhibition will remain in St. Louis until Sept. 6, then spend four
months each in Philadelphia, Denver, Portland and Washington, D.C.
spent over four hours there and then had to rush through some of
it," said St. Louis resident and former Idahoan Robert Hagar.
"I'll plan on going again. It's an excellent display."
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