Hidden Blessings

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It is August 17, 1805, Camp Fortunate, Shoshone camp. After a long and arduous trek, Sacajawea’s uncle (brother) Chief Cameahwait, tells her she cannot stay with her people because she has a child and belongs to the “white man.” This is the darkest, most hurtful moment in the young woman’s life. She’s given up everything to get back home. When she was first taken by the Hidatsa, her life was harsh as a slave, but things got better, she developed a friendship with Otter Woman, and she was safe, warm and fed. Her choice to go on this harrowing journey was motivated by love for the future husband she’d left behind. Until this very moment, she truly believed he would surely be waiting, no matter what, and he would want her back. It was hard to see the blessing…

There are many horrendous experiences in Sacajawea’s story that would cause most people today to give up. Hiking for 26 days in the pouring rain, without cover, and carrying a crying baby on her back, was not for the faint-of-heart. Many people today could not imagine a life without running water or an electric stove. They’d be devastated without a roof over their head, a TV or the latest cell phone in their hand. Today, our day-to-day needs are taken for granted, and without even the simplest modern convenience, many have believed their life was over – with nothing to live for.

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Artwork by Marcia K. Moore, Production Artist

But, our greatest strength is our inner fortitude, our ability to spiritually see beyond our current experience, good or bad, and know that in truth our every need is taken care of – even the birds of the air are clothed in splendor. Yes, there are consequences to our decisions, and, unfortunately, the decisions others make for us. But, Sacajawea had a driving force within to push her toward the unknown. And, when she realized she could not stay, it moved her to another place. She could have ignored Cameahwait’s words, with great heartache ahead, or she could have listened to her intuition, her Spirit’s call, and walked on, believing in faith there was a greater purpose…

Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, shows us something if we are open to see.  If Sacajawea had made a different choice and stayed with her people anyway, she probably would not have been an icon of history and we would not have heard her message of Oneness and Love through this story today.

The Indigenous truth, “The end is the beginning,” creates a continuous circle, which is part of Nature. It will not and cannot be broken, it is infinite. Our experiences in life cause us to make choices. When we dwell on our heartache and needs “as lacking,” we miss what is there for us, and we hide our own blessings – blessings that may extend to future generations. ~ Spirit Wind

“A strong woman is one who deeply loves. Fiercely, her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful. She is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world.”  ~Native American saying

 

Who was Sacajawea?

There are two very prominent Native American women in our country’s history.  Pocahontas has been in the spotlight many times. We have seen her depicted in biographies, movies, children’s animated films — her life has been shared over and over again.  We have formed an understanding of who she was, what she did and how she lived.

Sacajawea catches the feather
Art by Marcia K. Moore – Official Artist for the Sacajawea project

But, the other prominent Native American woman, Sacajawea, is a mystery.  There are a few lines about her in history books as she relates to the Corps of Discovery.  We know her name, yet it is controversial.   We know how long she lived, yet it is controversial.  We know she was Shoshone, yet it is controversial… It is hard to know what to share because so many opinions and traditions dance around her existence.

But, what we do know is that from a young age this girl suffered greatly when she was ripped from her family and tossed into a different culture of people and a world with white men.  Who would have ever thought this stolen child would be given an opportunity to contribute to the birth of a Nation?

Sacajawea deserves to be recognized and honored.  If we look deeply, there are many things that are not controversial at all.  She became a strong woman and survived horrendous experiences. She was a devoted mother who cared for her young son and later her daughter. She respected the earth and its riches and knew what would sustain her. She had a betrothed but was forced to have a child with an abusive Frenchman.  Sacajawea was highly respected by the soldiers and they even wrote about her in the Lewis & Clark journals. She was a warrior for peace.

With the documented history and thrilling adventure of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, we have created an intriguing backdrop for the character of Sacajawea based on what we know, based on the traditions of her people and other tribes, and based on the time period.  But, the greatest element of this story, that is evident from both her journey and ours, is Sacajawea’s own determined and transparent Spirit — and her willingness to share it with us.

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Walk with Us

Can you imagine what she thought as her moccasins took each harrowing step? Rain pounded her head with no cover for 26 days. Her baby was hungry and she fed him. The men were starving and she showed them where to find wild vegetables. She wore vermillion on her face because it said to other tribes, “We come in peace.” This saved all their lives.

MoviePosterColorFont2small (2)Sacajawea was kidnapped, abused, enslaved, and traded as property. Yet, when she finally made it to the Great Water, she found the unselfish strength to pray that we would remember something — “The Earth is our Home and we are One.”

This is the purpose of Sacajawea and why she’s brought her message forward to a world in need of remembering. She made a powerful effort to get our attention, and we are so very privileged to give her a voice.

Please join us in this enormous and inspiring effort by contacting us through the BLOG contact page. Walk with us on this journey of discovery.

Thank you from my heart! ONWARD!
Jane

On Eagle’s Wings

Sacajawea Marcia art 3The powerful emotion and purpose that drives this feature film will grab hearts everywhere — and not let go. With the harrowing and rugged backdrop of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the “look and feel” of this film will rival The Revenant … And, its awe-inspiring landscapes and magnificent, epic beauty, will remind us of the momentous and unforgettable production of Dances With Wolves.

Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, is the untold story of the brave woman who accompanied the Corps of Discovery. Though most of us have heard her name, her life has never been depicted in a feature film. After more than 200 years, we are privileged in our generation to finally know the heart of this great spirit. For we have given her a voice and through her eyes, we will see history as never before.

Sacajawea is a mystery, yet she is relevant for today. She walked with joy and she walked with pain… from her deepest, darkest cave, we will learn about the power of light.

This film is based on a true story and inspired by the journals of the Lewis & Clark expedition.

Spirit Whale

Scene Description:
January 1806 – the explorers are making one of their last journeys to the ocean before returning east. Sacajawea has not yet seen the ocean. Though she tells Captain Clark, “It will be too hard not to see the Great Water after coming so far,” the deeper reason is her spiritual calling… she has to see the “Big Fish” on the shore.

Sacajawea stands on Tillamook Head looking down at the wide expanse of the magnificent beach. Her eyes scan the endless horizon, breath-taking waves crash one after the other onto the infinite shoreline. Her heart pounds when she sees enormous whales splashing and playing in the Great Water. She tears at the sight of the lifeless whale stuck in the sand… its rib cage picked clean, its bones reaching toward the sky. Sacajawea closes her eyes in awe of the majestic spirit. She prays with reverence, “Thank you, Great Father.”

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The actual beach where Sacajawea stood inside the ribs of the “Big Fish.”

The purpose of the whale in the screenplay, SACAJAWEA, The Windcatcher, is to show Sacajawea’s deep spiritual connection to creation and the literal world that crosses her path, both light and dark. The Spirit Whale helps her bridge the expanse of miles to the family she had to leave behind. She is able to face her true feelings and emotions from her losses, and embrace the Great Spirit’s purpose for her life. To her, seeing the whales in the water and on the beach had a much deeper meaning.

The fascinating and thought-provoking fact, as the journals tell us, the whales were swimming and breaching in the water, the beached whale truly was on the shore with its rib cage in the sand, the Clatsop Indians did tell the soldiers it was there, Sacajawea actually stood up for herself and said she had to see the Big Fish… This is not a made-up event, it is actual and Spiritual. The most astounding revelation is that we have been entrusted, through this powerful scene, with a glimpse of Creator and how he worked in Sacajawea’s life – and, how she embraced her own intuition and her true calling. It also gives us a look into the future and assures us Creator is always at work moving us toward the light.

Sacajawea made it to the Great Water, and in the film, it becomes the purpose of her life that transcends generations. It is the end of our story, but, as spirituality shows us every day, “The end… is the beginning.” Though darkness followed through history, it is from this reality that we claim the message for us today: The whale is a wisdom-holder, a keeper-of-history, and a way-shower for Sacajawea’s rebirth… and our own. ~ Spirit Wind

INTERESTING SYNERGY FACT – Sacajawea was born in Salmon, Idaho. Little did she know that the basalt rock she hiked, called Tillamook Head, was actually a tilted remnant of a basalt lava flow that had traveled down the Columbia River, 15-million-years before. And, incredibly, the flow originated in Idaho, Sacajawea’s “home.” So, as she gazed out at the great water from that 1000 foot high cliff, she was, in fact, standing on her own land. Now isn’t that amazing!

 

Sacred Teachings

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From the moment Sacajawea’s story begins, an eagle leads…  He watches her, alone in a small tipi at the edge of the mountains. He follows her path when she is stolen away and made a slave. He is there when she finds a way home to her people. He guides her to them and gives her strength through great heartache when she cannot stay. He waits for her to come to him, and brings her to another soul — a soul who needs her love. And, when she finally reaches the Great Water and her destiny is revealed, the eagle rests, watching from a tall evergreen tree… carrying her prayers of Love on its wings.

eagle through the tipi
Sacajawea sees the eagle through the smokey tipi hole.

Final Thoughts:
In the screenplay, SACAJAWEA, The Windcatcher, we see powerful metaphors and deeper meanings that give us something to see, “if” we will see. Life does not appear to give us “light” all the time, yet light is never gone. As a very young child, Sacajawea did not know the eagle traveled with her, nor did she understand his teachings. But, as she grew into a young woman, on her moon time journey, she prayed for Creator to guide her way… not knowing the harrowing path that was ahead. But, the teachings from her people kept her grounded and focused. She believed and trusted in her guide, her teacher, that led her to Love. Love for all and love for self – a balancing of the human being and the human soul. ~ Spirit Wind

Let It Flow

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It is April 1805. The corps has left Fort Mandan and the icy winter behind. Everything is changing after the snow-melt, as nature comes alive. New leaves poke from tree branches, grass grows before their eyes and wildflowers bud and bloom. The long days are filled with soldiers pushing the packed boats up the Missouri River toward the unseen promise of the mountains. Some of the men walk on the banks pulling the boats with ropes through calm and rough waters – pushing and pulling, maneuvering the load. It is exhausting.

Sacajawea walks on the shore with Pomp in his cradleboard on her back… When she cannot go another step she rides, letting the soldiers pull her canoe against the current. At times the river is simply a small stream of water trickling toward them from the hills, causing the men to drag the boats across the dry and rocky terrain. The struggle is real and the destination is unknown, the circumstances are nearly unbearable…

rainbow river

Final Thoughts:
There is a powerful metaphor for life in the screenplay, SACAJAWEA, The Windcatcher. One might ask, “Why didn’t the soldiers take horses from Saint Louis to Fort Mandan to the mountains, then make canoes and sail down the river, with the current, to the Great Water?” As with life, they didn’t understand the terms of the journey, they didn’t know what was ahead, they didn’t realize the land was so massive, the mountains so high and the trek so dangerous. Life never gives us all the facts upfront. Sacajawea and these men pushed and pulled their way, struggled and labored with chaos lurking around every corner.

Finally, they left their boats behind, bargained for horses with the Shoshone and traversed the treacherous, snow-capped mountains to the other side. Weak, starving and vulnerable, the explorers came across the Nez Perce village. They did not know if the tribe was friendly. But the Nez Perce ended up helping them build canoes for the downward flow to the mighty Columbia River – and, ultimately, to the Great Water.

No one’s life is easy, we must go through countless trials, poor decisions, undeserved pain, but there should be no regrets and no judgment. Miraculously, when we least expect it, someone comes along to help… Our greatest strength is to have faith and believe in the journey, for that belief is stronger than any foe. We all push and pull our way, but when we learn to let it go, we begin to recognize the miracles, and our love, like the Great Water, flows out to the entire world. ~ Spirit Wind

Our true belief is powerful!

Growing up, I never imagined life would take me on a journey that required absolute belief. Not belief in a thing or a person, but belief in something unseen, intangible and abstract…. A belief requiring the willingness to step outside of my mind. It has taken much prayer, walking even though I didn’t know or understand — it has taken sacrifice and faith to know what I have been called to do…

Sacajawea and JaneThis woman, Sacajawea, is a determined spirit. She has the heart of a warrior and the spirit of a wolf — she flies on eagle’s wings and rides the wind through time and space. Unseen, yes… intangible, yes… abstract, yes…. and absolutely real.

We are here to tell the untold story of Sacajawea. She has drawn a talented and creative team with A-list film industry credentials from the very top! Windcatcher will rival the “look and feel” of the “The Revenant,” and touch the “heart and soul” for generations, as “Dances With Wolves.”

If there is one thing I have learned throughout my life, it is that the mind is as mortal as the body… it’s our spirit that carries us in this life, connecting through intuition and transparent belief — and that is forever.

ONWARD!

Jane

Sacajawea was a watcher of her heart

What will we learn from life? Will we just exist day to day or will we venture out, will we walk with courage into the unknown? What are the lessons we learn from Sacajawea as she set out on her journey of discovery? A real journey, yes — a metaphoric journey, absolutely. Not lessons of the mind, but spiritual lessons, written on the heart.

Sacajawea the movie logoIn 2013, I had an experience that literally changed my life. At the time, I was on an intense spiritual journey, tearing down the walls and barriers I had carried from my life, pouring out and filling up with things that required Belief. Not belief in an idea, but Spirit-driven belief in what I did not fully understand.

This particular afternoon I was walking back from the mailbox, thinking what a beautiful day… when I had a strange sensation. Yes, I was walking, but I was seeing “me” from above me. I saw my facial expressions, my movements, my physical self, walking along… I saw what others see. I saw something else, too, it was energy and light all around me — I could see inside, as if transparent. I recognized a deep longing to know Truth and Love in my life, and a revelation: I am so much more than the physical self.

From that time on, I began to be a “watcher” of my heart, assessing my thoughts and actions as a human being, inside and outside myself. I began to focus on changing the things that did not, and do not, move me toward Truth. Even now, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s bad, right and wrong. I make mistakes… But the answers are already written and revealed through belief. It takes courage to be a watcher, for we must squarely face what we see.

Over the last 14 years, Sacajawea has become a vital part of my walk. She has shown me many things in my life (even before I knew), she has given me words and kept me going when the path became hard on the journey. She has never made it easy for me because she understands the magical purpose of darkness and how it reveals the more-powerful light. It is a light we must choose to embrace.

As a Native American, Sacajawea understood the power of intuition, she respected her Oneness with all things and the earth, and she was the watcher of her own heart — she was wise, brave and a visionary. Sacajawea, The Windcatcher, has traveled far to reach us. It is part of the world’s enlightenment, and the change we seek — a deep longing for Truth and Love. Let us wake up our spirits, let us prepare, and let us be ready to listen to the messages from the ages.

ONWARD, we have no fear.

Jane