What This Fort Stands For: conflicting memory at Bdote/Historic Fort Snelling

Author(s): Katherine Howlett Hayes

Year: 2016

Summary

For Dakota people, there is no more painful and conflicted a site of memory in Minnesota than Historic Fort Snelling (HFS).  Built on sacred grounds and used as a prison camp following the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War, this historic property has until recently been represented in a highly selective fashion, suppressing Dakota and others' memory.  In this paper I trace some of the specific processes of forgetting at HFS, and why those processes are now failing through rising historical pluralism.  Yet commemorative pluralism itself may also be seen as forgetting, as long as the fort remains at its center.

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What This Fort Stands For: conflicting memory at Bdote/Historic Fort Snelling. Katherine Howlett Hayes. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434934)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 89