Streams to the River, River to the Sea: A Novel of Sacagawea by Scott O'Dell

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In what ways was Sacagawea qualified to act as the guide for Lewis and Clark as they explored the Western land?

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Sacagawea was qualified to act as a guide for Lewis and Clark because she was indigenous to the region.

Lewis and Clark had little idea as to what they were going to encounter.  They did not know the land, the people, or the terrain as well as people who were indigenous to the region.  In this regard, I think that anyone would have been qualified to serve as a guide for them.  

Sacagawea was uniquely qualified to serve as a guide for them.  She had lived her entire life in the region.  The way in which her people, the Shoshone,...

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