An Enduring People: The Grand Portage Ojibwe and Expanding the Historical Narrative of the Post-Fur Trade Era.
The North West Company at Grand Portage defines the colonial narrative on the north shore of Lake Superior. A more inclusive historical narrative recognizes the lasting presence of the Grand Portage Ojibwe. After the 1854 Treaty of LaPointe, the Grand Portage Ojibwe entered the Reservation Era. Over the next century, the Grand Portage Ojibwe utilized traditional lifeways mixed with wage labor jobs while enduring U.S. Government policies of assimilation. Today, the Grand Portage Ojibwe co-manage Grand Portage National Monument with the NPS. This paper will introduce the history the Grand Portage community from 1854 - 1958 and present investigations conducted in 2014-2015 with involvement of the Grand Portage Ojibwe and a range of students as part of the NPS Centennial celebration. Geophysical and historic archaeology are combined with oral histories to expand the historical narratives of the people who have never left the north shore of Lake Superior.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- National Park Service Archeology Outreach and Education at the Centennial •
- Society for Historical Archaeology 2016
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An Enduring People: The Grand Portage Ojibwe and Expanding the Historical Narrative of the Post-Fur Trade Era.. Jay Sturdevant, William Clayton, Steven De Vore, Michael Schumacher, Sean Rapier, Blair Scheider, Susan Kilgore. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434597)
Reservation 1854 - 1958
min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;