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For as long as he can remember, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau
has been told that a promising future lies ahead of him.
After all, his mother is the great Sacagawea, who
accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition of
discovery. And thanks to his mother, Baptiste's life
changes forever when Captain Clark offers him an
education in the bustling new city of St. Louis.
There, his mother charges him to "learn everything" -
reading, writing, languages, mathematics. His life
becomes a whirl of new experiences: lessons, duels,
dances, elections. He makes friends and undertakes
unexpected journeys to far-off places.
But he also witnesses the injustices Clark, as a US agent
for Indian Affairs, forces upon the Osage, the Arikara,
the Mandan, and so many others. He sees the effect of
what some call "progress" on the land and on the people
who have lived there for generations. And he must choose
what path he will take and what place he will have in a
rapidly changing society.
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