Teal Eye is a fictional woman, much like Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark's Bird Woman.
Teal Eye represents the freedom from constraint that he desires.
When Boone takes Teal Eye as a wife he does more than marry the wilderness (Garceau, 2001, p.
Native American women, like Teal Eye, or perhaps Sacagawea, who fall in love with white men will be trivialized, abandoned, or killed.
In this version of the west women such as Sacagawea and Teal Eye helped white men do the civilizing work of American capitalism.
In giving her the nickname Janey, or rather in recording her name as Janey, Clark, like Guthrie and the woman he names Teal Eye (AKA Bird Woman), engages in a form of cultural politics that trivializes, while it westernizes Native American women.