I've been learning about Sacagawea because my eldest is in elementary school -- what a grim story. Kidnapped from her tribe at 12 by another tribe, sold as a slave into a forced marriage at 13 alongside another wife, first kid by 16. Dead by 25. No known images of her.
Her "husband" was hired by Lewis & Clark for their expedition. She was some help as an interpreter and at points a guide, but her biggest value was her presence with his infant son, which told other tribes that L&C was not a raiding party.
As part of their travels they encountered her brother, who was chief of a tribe and she hadn't seen since before her first kidnapping. We aren't even sure what her original name was, and people called her different things. C nicknamed her "Janey."
After her death, her "husband" let Clark adopt the boy, for whom he had much affection, who went to school and was famous throughout his life. (Her daughter died young, but I'm not sure of the details).
The reason she is famous is because suffragettes made up stories about her to make her a woman hero. (Her life was heroic, but the stories they told were fiction). She's a big figure in young adult novels, but what they say is not true (e.g. that she lived).
There are competing literature on her, but in sum she was sold as a slave twice -- the second time perhaps as part of a wager -- apparently raped to have kids when she was a teen, and after her death her image was repurposed for political purposes.
This is probably not a story for a young kid in elementary school. But it is a good illustration of the bowdlerized history we tell ourselves.

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