Multimedia Resources List

Title Image Description Type
Fur Trade House A fur trade house at Mendota, Minnesota, in about 1860. Image
Alexander Huggins Letter In this letter written on July 13, 1835, Alexander C. Huggins, a Presbyterian minister describes how he finds the areas of Fort Snelling and Lake Calhoun upon his family's arrival.   Document
Trade Kettle This copper kettle was found at the Minnesota and Ontario border. This type of kettle was desirable for trade because it was easy to transport, fireproof, and durable.  Image
Voyageur Canoe Voyageur canoes, called 'montreal canoes' were the water transportation of the fur trade. Men called "voyageurs" paddled the canoes and hauled the heavy loads.     Image
Trade Beads These French-made beads date from the 1600s, and were appealing trade items.  Image
Trade Ax Iron axheads were popular trade items. This ax dates between 1850 and 1900. Image
Flintlock Musket This is a flintlock musket like the ones used in the Northwest fur trade in about 1800. This musket was made by gunsmith Robert Wheeler in Birmingham, England. Image
Bdote An interpretation of the confluence of the St. Peters and Mississippi Rivers, or the area of Bdote, painted by Seth Eastman in 1848.  Image
Ohiyesa Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa) at the estate of Mr. Ward Burton, Lake Minnetonka, 1927. Photographer: Edward Augustus Broml Image
Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman) Portrait of Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa), 1904. Image
Dakota Teaching By Oscar Howe, 1951. The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, 1951.8. Oscar Howe painted this watercolor of a Dakota elder teaching children using stories. Howe was a Yankton, Dakota who lived from... Image
Traveling This painting by Seth Eastman in 1869 is an interpretation of Dakota traveling using a travois (trah-voy). Courtesy of Architect of the Capitol. In order to live close to food resources such as... Image
Where the Water Gather Map Paul Durand (1917-2007), who created this map, wrote, “The greater part of these place names has been gleaned from the field-notes and maps of Joseph Nicollet, commissioned in the 1830s by the US... Image
Parfleche Container The Dakota made containers, like this box called a parfleche (Pahr-flesh). These containers were made of bison (buffalo), elk, or moose rawhide into various shapes. This parfleche case was made from... Image
Dakota Doll   Doll with accompanying cradleboard and infant made by Dakota Indians circa 1880. The adult doll has a sawdust-stuffed cotton body and painted facial features.  She wears a fringed buckskin dress... Image
Dakota Shirt Dakota man's painted hide shirt, 1870-80   Dakota woman's wool and hide dress,1850-60. Mocassins, about 1900.       Image
Dakota Woman's Hide and Wool Dress   Made in about 1850-60. This Dakota woman’s dress was collected or taken by Colonel John G. Clark while Clark was stationed at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory (now North Dakota), in the 1860s.  The... Image
Dakota Jacket Buckskin coat made by Dakota Indians in about 1910 and purchased by personnel of Camp Kamaji on Cass Lake, Minnesota. The coat is decorated with long buckskin fringe and 2.5 inch bands of solid... Image
Mocassins   Owned/used by: Leonard John and Evangeline LaBatte An example of Dakota mocassins, made in about 1900. This is a pair of man's sinew sewn leather moccasins. Sole and upper are decorated with glass... Image
St. Paul, 1848 By Seth Eastman, 1848 An interpretation of what St. Paul, Minnesota looked like in 1848.  Image
Dakota Ball Game This painting by Seth Eastman was done in 1850 and was later engraved by Isacc E Burt. It shows Dakota playing a ball game. To play, competitors threw a ball between them, catching it with a stick... Image
Dakota Bow Creation: Not earlier than 1860 - Not later than 1865 An example of a Dakota bow. A powerful and convenient weapon, they were made from hardwood such as hickory or ash, which made them strong. The... Image
Taliaferro's Letter to Pond This contract. written by Lawrence Taliaferro and dated October 1, 1838, assigns the title of "farmer and instructor of agriculture" to Samuel Pond, indicating his assignment to teach farming... Document
Mendota By Seth Eastman, 1846-48 An interpretation of the view of Mendota from Fort Snelling in Minnesota.  Image
Dakota Village An interpretation of a Dakota village on the Mississippi, near Fort Snelling in Minnesota by Seth Eastman, 1846-48. Historically, Dakota lived in tipis or bark houses. Tipis were cone-shaped houses... Image