Shoshone-Bannock Woman Instrumental in Removal of Sacajawea Statue in Virginia

The statue, installed in 1919, shows 19th century explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with Sacajawea, who is kneeling beside the two white men. Historians say Sacajawea is depicted tracking, but critics of the statue have said she appears to be cowering and crouching timidly, the Idaho State Journal Reports.

Abrahamson has called the depiction of Sacajawea “inaccurate” and “outwardly offensive” because it cast her ancestor — whose accomplishments as a guide and explorer bring pride to her descendants — as weak and subservient to Lewis and Clark, the article says.

Read the full story from the Idaho State Journal.

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