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

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"This volume brings together an invaluable collection of vivid eyewitness accounts of the Minnesota Indian War of 1862 and its aftermath. Of greatest interest is the fact that all the narratives assembled here come from Dakota mixed-bloods and full-bloods. Speaking from a variety of viewpoints and enmeshed in complex webs of allegiances to Indian, white, and mixed-blood ki ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published July 15th 1988 by Minnesota Historical Society Press
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Thomas Isern
Nov 18, 2012 Thomas Isern rated it liked it
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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
Apr 20, 2010 Jaybird Rex rated it really liked it
"Let them eat grass" said the trader when hearing of starving Indian children. When they found his body, the mouth was stuffed with ...you 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
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Deb Owens
Jul 17, 2009 Deb Owens rated it it was amazing
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.
Randy Wurm
Jan 03, 2017 Randy Wurm rated it liked it
Very enjoyable to read accounts from native Americans that were there. I've learned a lot about that war and time period and honestly can sympathize with the Natives and their struggles. The only frustrating part is the way some of the accounts are written can be a little hard to follow difficult to read but I appreciate them in the original format and not someone else's rendition.
Erin
Jan 24, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
I cannot believe I grew up in SE MN and didn't learn about this in school.
Christopher Hagen
Sep 03, 2013 Christopher Hagen rated it did not like it
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.
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