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Wacouta I (Shooter), (c. 1800–1858)

In spring 1829, Wacouta (Shooter) faced two challenges upon becoming leader of the Red Wing band of Mdewakanton Dakota. He needed to fend off challenges from rivals within his village and also find success in dealings with United States government officials.

Black and white portrait of Zebulon M. Pike wearing the uniform of an U.S. Army captain, c.1810.

Zebulon M. Pike

Portrait of Zebulon Pike, c.1810. Pike led the first United States expedition through the Upper Midwest in 1805.

Color lithograph of Red Wing's village in 1855.

Red Wing's Village

Henry Lewis's 1855 lithograph shows Red Wing's village forty years after Tatankamani (Red Wing) brought his followers there.

Tatankamani (Walking Buffalo), "Red Wing" (c.1755–1829)

Tatankamani (Walking Buffalo) was a leader of the Mdewakanton Dakota in the upper Mississippi Valley. White settlers who met him as they advanced into the region in the early nineteenth century came to know him and his village as Red Wing.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief who is interpreting a recording.

Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief (Sioux), Chief is interpreting a recording with sign language

Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief, a Dakota man, 1914. He is interpreting a recording for her with sign language.

Black and white photograph of Frances Densmore seated on ground with others at Pigeon River, c. 1905.

Frances Densmore with Captain Herman and Mrs. Finger, Margaret Densmore and Philomen Cariboo at mouth of Pigeon River

Frances Densmore with Captain Herman and Mrs. Finger, Margaret Densmore and Philomen Cariboo at mouth of Pigeon River, c. 1905.

photograph of ruth myers

Ruth Myers

Portrait of Ruth Myers

Myers, Ruth A. (1926–2001)

Ruth A. Myers was known as the “grandmother of American Indian education in Minnesota.” A persistent voice for American Indian children and their families, Myers focused on education policy as well as learning opportunities for American Indian children. She also produced curriculum and resource materials that reflected American Indian history and culture for all Minnesota learners.

Ojibwe loom-woven beadwork and wool belt

Ojibwe loom-woven beadwork and wool belt

Loom-woven beadwork belt reportedly owned by Bagone-giizhig (Hole-in-the-Day the Younger).

Ojibwe appliqued and beaded wool sash

Ojibwe appliqued and beaded wool sash

Red wool sash appliqued with flower pattern; reportedly owned by Bagone-giizhig (Hole-in-the-Day the Younger).

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