• Indian Woman Dressing a Buffalo Skin.

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    Indian Woman Dressing a Buffalo Skin
    • Date
    • 1850?
    • Creator
    • Eastman, Seth, 1808-1875
    • Description
    • This is a print by the artist and military officer Seth Eastman, who was stationed in Minnesota before statehood.
    • Rights
    • This image may not be reproduced for any reason without the express written permission of the Nicollet County Historical Society.
    • Partner
    • Nicollet County Historical Society, 1851 North Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082; http://www.nchsmn.org; Minnesota Digital Library
    • Contributing Institution
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Is Part Of
    • http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/ref/collection/nico/id/1614

The traditional colonial narrative of Minnesota tells the tale of Indians, a homogenous and ultimately ill-fated indigenous population – doomed by lack of resistance to disease, doomed by an inherently violent culture, and doomed by their inability to adapt to change. It is frequently the story of savage Natives attacking defenseless White settlers with no warning, being defeated by a brave and outnumbered Army, and then disappearing into the untamed, faceless West.

 The full story, inclusive of Native perspectives, is necessarily more complex. In the following section are some images relating to colonial views of the Natives peoples of Minnesota.