image courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art | Licence: Public Domain
image courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art | Licence: Public Domain

Guarding the Corn Fields

Date

1849-1855

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Description

Here Seth Eastman depicted the reality of Dakota women saving their corn, one of the crops women planted to augment the food supply. Stationed on makeshift platforms, they bang on a metal pot and wave cloth to keep predatory crows and blackbirds from descending. This could be land along Minneapolis’s Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska in Dakota) where one Native community set up farming, as game was becoming harder and harder to find.

This watercolour, one of 35 works on paper by Eastman in Mia’s collection, was the basis for an illustration in Henry Rowe Schoolcraft’s massive "Historical and Statistical Information Respecting the History, Condition, and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States" (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1851-57).

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image courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Location

Bde Maka Ska, Minneapolis, USA

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