Lise Erdrich was born in Minnesota, lives in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and has worked in Indian health and education for more than twenty years. A graduate of the University of North Dakota and of Minnesota State University-Mankato, she is
the author of the children’s picture books Sacagawea and Bears Make
Rock Soup. Stories from Night Train, her first collection for adults, has received many awards including the Minnesota Monthly Tamarack Award, the Many Mountains Moving Flash Fiction Contest, and Best of Show at the North Dakota State Fair, where the story “Zanimoo” was exhibited between a pig and the pickles, jams, jellies and preserves. Erdrich’s essays and stories have also appeared in several journals and anthologies including Sister Nations:
Native American Women Writers on Community, and Visit Teepee Town: Native Writings After the Detours.
Sacagawea. Carolrhoda Books, 2003.
This beautifully illustrated biography of the Shoshone girl, Sacagawea, tells of her life from age eleven when she was kidnapped by the Hitdatsa.
At age fifteen she married Charbonneau, a Canadian fur trapper, and accompanied him on the journey with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Her skills and knowledge of Native American languages were invaluable assets to the Corps of Discovery.
During the expedition she was briefly reunited with her long lost family. The author includes speculation about Sacagawea’s later life about which very little is known. It is known that her son Pomp developed a special bond with Captain Clark and was eventually sent to live with him a few years after the end of the expedition.
Also by Lise Erdrich: Bears Make Rock Soup. Children's Book Press, 2002.