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History sure is inconvenient. It turns out that Sacajaweainvaluable Indian guide on Lewis and Clark’s voyage of discoverywas actually a Shoshone child bride with a child of her own, and not a 34-year-old white woman with impeccable makeup and a flair for fashion. That is to say she was not Donna Reed, who portrays the plucky Native American in the 1955 film The Far Horizons. But that’s OK, because Meriwether Lewis is played by Fred MacMurray, looking out of his element sans his usual coat, tie, or even comfortable sweater. (The film’s truest casting has blustery Charlton Heston as gruff William Clark.) One wonders what inspiration the three could have taken from these entries from Clark’s diary: “[O]ur Indian woman verry sick. I blead her,” or “Our Indian woman sick & low spirited. I gave her the bark & apply it exteranely to her region which revived her much.” Look out for Larry Pennell as Wild Eagle when the film screens at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Dave Nuttycombe)