Frank Blackwell Mayer – Images from the Traverse des Sioux

Frank Blackwell Mayer – Images from the Traverse des Sioux

Frank Blackwell Mayer, a Baltimore artist, journeyed to Traverse des Sioux and Mendota on the Minnesota frontier in 1851 to record meetings between United States officials and Indian tribes who were ceding title to much of Southern Minnesota and portions of Iowa and the Dakota.  Mayer made extensive journal entries and countless sketches while on his travels in Minnesota.  They provide a descriptive and visual record of Native American life as he saw it, particularly among the Dakota.  Mayer includes sketches of lacrosse, child rearing practices, smoking the peace pipe, buffalo dancers, tepees and summer lodges, and portraits of prominent leaders.

Sisseton Lodges, Traverse des Sioux, 1851 by Frank Blackwell Mayer
Sisseton Lodges, Traverse des Sioux, 1851 by Frank Blackwell Mayer
Old Trading House, Traverse des Sioux, 1851 by Frank Blackwell Mayer
Old Trading House, Traverse des Sioux, 1851 by Frank Blackwell Mayer
Hoohamaza, or Iron Leg, 1851 by Frank Blackwell Mayer
Hoohamaza, or Iron Leg, 1851 by Frank Blackwell Mayer
Sioux Evening Meal, Traverse des Sioux, 20th July, 1851 by Frank Blackwell Mayer
Sioux Evening Meal, Traverse des Sioux, 20th July, 1851 by Frank Blackwell Mayer

Article Source:  Lass, William E. Treaty of the Traverse des Sioux.  St. Peter, MN:  Nicollet County Historical Society, 2011.

Image Source:  Magnolia Box http://www.magnoliabox.com/tag/Sioux

 

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