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Mni sota makoce : the land of the Dakota

Gwen Westerman (Author), Bruce M. White (Author)
eBook, English, 2012
Minnesota Historical Society Press, St. Paul, 2012
1 online resource : illustrations, maps
9780873518833, 0873518837
Print version:
Reading between the lines of the historical record
Dakota landscape in the nineteenth century
Drawing lines on sacred land: The Dakota treaties
Reclaiming Minnesota
Mni sota makoce. Pronunciation Guide 11
The seven fires of the Dakota 22
[Eleventh picture in the middle section : Pictograph]
Dakota summer villages [Place names/map]122-123
Treaty of Traverse des Sioux 173-179. Much of the focus on the Dakota people in Minnesota rests on the tragic events of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War and the resulting exile that sent the majority of the Dakota to prisons and reservations beyond the state's boundaries. But the true depth of the devastation of removal cannot be understood without a closer examination of the history of the Dakota people and their deep cultural connection to the land that is Minnesota. Drawing on oral history interviews, archival work, and painstaking comparisons of Dakota, French, and English sources, Mni Sota Makoce tells the detailed history of the Dakota people in their traditional homelands for at least hundreds of years prior to exile. "Minnesota" is derived from the Dakota phrase Mni Sota Makoce, Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds
and the people's roots here remain strong. Authors Gwen Westerman and Bruce White examine narratives of the people's origins, their associations with the land, and the seasonal round through key players and place names. They consider Dakota interactions with Europeans and offer an in-depth "reading between the lines" of historical documents
some of them virtually unknown
and treaties made with the United States, uncovering misunderstandings and outright deceptions that helped lead to war in 1862