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Abstract: The material culture surrounding the US-Dakota War - encompassing war artifacts, souvenirs, commemorative objects, and monuments - presents a unique and physical opportunity to read the changing interpretations of the war. For many years, the material culture created around this conflict reflected the mindset of the victors, and reinforced the traditional narrative of the war, the Dakota, ... read moreand American Indians. The material culture examined in this study is a physical manifestation of these ideas, but also a challenge, and finally, a reinterpretation. These objects subtly reinforced the traditional narrative, pervading popular culture and academia. Yet in their visibility, they also drew criticism and questions. These issues, along with increased Dakota involvement became a part of the ongoing shift in the conversation on and understanding of the US-Dakota War and Native America.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of History.
Advisor: James Rice.
Committee: Cathy Stanton, and Ninian Stein.
Keywords: American history, Museum studies, and Native American studies.read less