Cory will restage the Lewis and Clark Expedition according to the Journals of Lewis and Clark.
By Chris Harris
HOLLYWOOD(Hollywood Today)2/3/`4/–If actor Cory Skyler Drouillard has his way historians, authors, publishers of educational history for children, film writers, and producers are going to have to provide the facts when reporting on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Cory Skyler Drouillard’s 4th great uncle was George Drouillard, born around 1775 to a Shawnee Indian mother and a French Canadian father was the first person hired by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark at Fort Massac, Illinois. When Meriwether Lewis made his report to President Thomas Jefferson at the completion of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Lewis credited Drouillard as the one individual who saved the Expedition.
In the scholastic book entitled “LEWIS AND CLARK” by George Sullivan, he acknowledges the value of George Drouillard. Sullivan may be the only author who got it right, when he wrote “George Drouillard was probably the most valuable member of the party. He was highly skilled as a hunter and trapper. He was a crack shot. Drouillard could speak two Native American languages. He was also an expert in sign language. Lewis and Clark had trouble spelling Drouillard’s name. They wrote it down the way it sounded to them in their Journals, Drouillard is always Drewyer.” Two other books written for children entitled “THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION” with a subtitle “SACAGAWEA, A NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN, HELPED LEWIS AND CLARK DURING THEIR JOURNEY” by John Perritano does not mention the contribution George Drouillard made to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. A second scholastic book entitled “YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO EXPLORE WITH LEWIS AND CLARK – AN EPIC JOURNEY YOU’D RATHER NOT MAKE” written by Jacqueline Morley again does not mention George Drouillard.
Cory Skyler Drouillard’s grandmother said his grandfather in an attempt to set the record straight regarding George Drouillard and the vital role he played in the Lewis and Clark Expedition, started a letter writing campaign to authors and documentary producers. His grandfather died before he could finish the project.
Historians and authors often times have a way of interjecting lore in order to sell the unfolding events in the history of these United States.
While George Drouillard is mentioned, he is not given the deserving credit that Lewis and Clark heaped upon him in 1806 to President Thomas Jefferson.
In the Eddie Bauer LEWIS AND CLARK documentary which was aired by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, the writer did not follow the Journals of Lewis and Clark.
Cory Skyler Drouillard has said “If historians, authors, and documentary producers would take the time to read the Journals of Lewis and Clark they would get it right.”
Author M.O. Skarsten in his book GEORGE DROUILLARD wrote “George Drouillard’s service to the Lewis and Clark Expedition was long obscured by the stronger light cast on the leaders and Sacagawea.”
Last year Cory Skyler Drouillard visited Seaside Oregon where the Expedition ended. It was there in 1806 that Meriwether Lewis made it very clear to the members of the Expedition that they arrived with only one loss of life due to the skills and bravery of George Drouillard.
Cory Skyler Drouillard is planning to conduct a news conference at the statue dedicated to George Drouillard in Jefferson City, Missouri during the second week of March 2014. Cory will announce that he plans to restage the Lewis and Clark Expedition according to the Journals of Lewis and Clark. Cory has said “Perhaps that will send the message to historians, authors, documentary writers, and producers to follow the facts when reporting on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.”
Cory Skyler Drouillard is a native of Virginia. He became America’s National Speed Skating Champion at the age of eleven. He currently makes his home in Santa Monica, California where he is pursuing a career in film. He is signed with Media Artist Group one of Hollywood’s oldest theatrical agencies founded in 1945.
His agents “Team Sheila” Sheila Legette and LyNea Bell recently submitted him for the lead in a major motion picture. “Sheila Legette has said he has that movie star look of the 1940’s and 1950’s. He also has the talent to match the look.”