• Indian Sugar Camp.

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    Indian Sugar Camp
    • 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. The print shows Native Americans tapping trees and making sugar.
    • Rights
    • This image may not be reproduced for any reason without the express written permission of the Nicollet County Historical Society.
    • Partner
    • Minnesota Digital Library; Nicollet County Historical Society, 1851 North Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082; http://www.nchsmn.org
    • Contributing Institution
    • Nicollet County Historical Society
    • Is Part Of
    • http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/ref/collection/nico/id/1607

Another similar image of Eastman’s from the same project is entitled Sugar Camp. A seasonal activity specific to the Woodlands-based Ojibwe people, the image depicts the tapping of maple trees by Anishinaabe women with spiles for sap, and the subsequent boiling down of the sap to produce maple sugar (ziinzibaakwad). Eastman adds a traditional birch bark home (wigwam) for anthropological interest. Anishinaabe people participate in the traditional annual manufacture of maple sugar to this day.