September 30, 2007

"Sacagawea" retires

Oregon native ends 10-year Sacagawea run, living history careerAfter nearly three decades of performing her "living history" programs, Joyce Badgley Hunsaker has retired from the stage with a final appearance as Sacagawea, the American Indian woman who helped guide the Lewis and Clark on their expedition across the West.

Hunsaker developed "Sacagawea Speaks" in 1994, but her fascination with the story began with her very first library book, a children's biography of the Indian guide from the Shoshone tribe in northern Idaho.

She depicted Sacagawea in native clothing crafted from tanned elk skin, and wore bright bead necklaces and red circles painted on her cheeks as signs of peace. She also used sign language learned from a Shoshone elder.
Comment:  Since Hunsaker must be 50-something, at least, it's probably time for her to retire from playing the teenage Sacagawea.

4 comments:

russell said...

Writerfella here --
And when do YOU retire, sir, from playing the teenage Rob Schmidt? Just asking...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

If you're referring to my youthful vim and vigor, never. ;-)

Anonymous said...

real facts next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rob said...

This posting has plenty of "real facts" about the woman who played Sacagawea in a stage show for 10 years. If you want more, follow the link to the original article.