Through Dakota Eyes: Narrative Accounts Of The Minnesota Indian War Of 1863
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Through Dakota Eyes: Narrative Accounts Of The Minnesota Indian War Of 1863

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Thirty-six narratives present the Dakota Indians' experiences during a conflict previously known chiefly from the viewpoints of non-Indians.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 15th 1988 by Minnesota Historical Society Press
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Thomas Isern
This compilation is a valuable work, but not a particularly readable one. The error in its construction was to break up narratives and publish fragments in chronological sections. This has a tendency to reduce content to information, whereas the value of the narratives is as, well, narratives. I would prefer to see each narrative presented unto itself, with annotation and, where appropriate, analysis. I found myself breaking the order of chapters as I read in order to finish the narrative by a p...more
Jaybird Rex
"Let them eat grass" said the trader when hearing of starving Indian children. When they found his body, the mouth was stuffed with guessed it.

Not technically a war (but then, neither was 'Nam), the Dakota Conflict pitted starving Dakota Indians against Scandanavian settlers and, later, drink-soaked US cavalrymen. The book presents mainly native accounts of the Minnesota/Dakota Territory war and ends up painting an insightful and emotional portrait of what went on. Good and bad guys on bo...more
Deb Owens
My second time through this book. This is an edited collection of narratives about the US-Dakota conflict, gleaned from newspaper interviews with various Dakota individuals, mostly in the late 19th century. As the title suggests, this collection provides an account that is not often heard...not only during the 1862 battles, but especially how the Dakota were treated before and after the Conflict.
Christopher Hagen
Interesting snippets from eyewitness accounts during the Indian Wars of the 1860s. The book jumped the individual stories however, making the reading at times confusing.
I cannot believe I grew up in SE MN and didn't learn about this in school.
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“Hurry up and go back and come over here quick, you cock suckers.” . . .[Counsel for the claimants objected unsuccessfully to this language.] What Akipa meant to have them understand was that he had no fear of them; that he despised them. The Indians had no curse words, or oaths, and they used this expression to express their contempt.” 0 likes
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