This summer, author, historian, and publisher Colin Mustful is available to speak at libraries, museums, book clubs, bookstores, and various other organizations across the state. Learn more now!
George Bonga was an Afro-Indigenous fur trader who was born near Fond-du-Lac around 1802. Sources differ regarding the date of his death. But why, and when did George Bonga actually die? The reason for the varying reports on the date of his death provide an important lesson.
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Despite the efforts of white officials, traditional warfare between Dakota and Ojibwe peoples continued for years after the 1825 Treaty of Prairie du Chien. One battle that has received particular attention by historians took place in 1842 and has been called The Battle of Kaposia.
In the 1920s, the Institute for Government Research commissioned a study on the economic and social condition of Native Americans. Called the Meriam Report, it determined that federal Indian policy failed Native Americans and left them “poor, even extremely poor.”
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Moon of the Snowblind by Gary Kelley is a graphic novel that tells the story of the Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857. Although I had never read a graphic novel, I was impressed with the creativity of author and historian Gary Kelley.
American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist Henry Rowe Schoolcraft is generally regarded as the man who found and identified the source of the Mississippi River in 1832. But this interpretation, which has been perpetuated throughout American history, fails on two levels—it does not recognize people who had already found the source of the Mississippi, nor does it acknowledge the contributions of Ozaawindib, the Ojibwe guide who led Schoolcraft to the river’s origin.
Speaking through an interpreter, Standing Bear stood before the judge and said, “That hand is not the color of yours, but if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. I am a man. God made us both.”
There’s a subtly to Thomas’ life and actions that portray him not as a hero, but as a man. The same can be said for each character in this novel. They are not heroic figures or caricatures that exist to prove a point or embellish an important historical moment. They are deeply human and therefore profoundly real.