Dakota Encampment

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Dakota Encampment.

This early work by Seth Eastman depicts a pastoral scene in which a small Dakota seasonal village starts to break camp. At left, a single woman can be seen starting to pull the hide walls off her tipi (home).

Eastman himself took a Santee Dakota wife, 15 year-old Wakaninajinwin, in 1830 during his first tour of duty at Fort Snelling. When he was reassigned to a different Army posting in 1832, he declared the marriage null, leaving his wife and newborn daughter, Mary, behind. He remarried a White woman from Virginia in 1835; they returned to Fort Snelling in 1841. Eastman’s youngest grandson from Mary is the famed Charles Eastman, the first Native American medical doctor.