“The tropical emotion that has created a legendary Sacajawea awaits study by some connoisseur of American sentiments. I have referred to the statement…that more statues have been erected to her than to any other American woman. Few others have had so much sentimental fantasy expended on them. A good many men who have written about her, including a couple with some standing as historians, have obviously fallen in love with her. Almost every woman who has written about her has become Sacajawea in her inner reverie. And she has received what in the United States counts as canonization if not deification; she has become an object of state pride and interstate rivalry.”
Bernard DeVoto, Course of Empire
And this was written 48 years before the Sacagawea dollar.