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Dakota Life In the Upper Midwest

Samuel W. Pond

Publication Year: 2002

In 1834 Samuel W. Pond and his brother Gideon built a cabin near Cloud Man's village of the Dakota Indians on the shore of Lake Calhoun--now present-day Minneapolis--intending to preach Christianity to the Indians. The brothers were to spend nearly twenty years learning the Dakota language and observing how the Indians lived. In the 1860s and 1870s, after the Dakota had fought a disastrous war with the whites who had taken their land, Samuel Pond recorded his recollections of the Indians "to show what manner of people the Dakotas were . . . while they still retained the customs of their ancestors." Pond's work, first published in 1908, is now considered a classic. Gary Clayton Anderson's introduction discusses Pond's career and the effects of his background on this work, "unrivaled today for its discussion of Dakota material culture and social, political, religious, and economic institutions."

Published by: Minnesota Historical Society Press

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CONTENTS.

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pp. v-vi

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INTRODUCTION.

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pp. vii-xxi

"In the fall of 1831, during the period of American revivalism called the second Great Awakening, the brothers Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond joined a Congregational church in their home town of Washington, Connecticut, and were born again for Christ. Such conversions were not unusual at that time, and Washington had been..."

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THE DAKOTAS OR SIOUX IN MINNESOTA AS THEY WERE IN 1834.*

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pp. 3-185

"Perhaps the following work needs no preface, for it is what the title indicates and nothing more. It is written because in a shortfirst white mission for them began. This fragment of the Historyof Minnesota rnay be of more value at some future time than it is years a missionary among the Dakotas, has said nothing about the way in which they received or rejected Christianity; but he thought..."

INDEX.

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pp. 187-192


E-ISBN-13: 9780873516655
E-ISBN-10: 0873516656
Print-ISBN-13: 9780873514552
Print-ISBN-10: 0873514556

Page Count: 214
Publication Year: 2002

Edition: 1

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Subject Headings

  • Mdewakanton Indians -- Social life and customs.
  • Mdewakanton Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
  • Mdewakanton Indians -- Material culture.
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