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    Lot of Twelve Related Mounted Photographs of the Mankato, Minnesota Massacre, 1862 . In 1862, Minnesota was still a young state, part of a frontier inhabited by more than one million Indians. Times were hard and Indian families hungry. When the U.S. government broke its promises, some of the Dakota Indians went to war against the white settlers. Many Dakota did not join in, choosing to aid and protect settlers instead. The fighting lasted six weeks and many people on both sides were killed or fled Minnesota. Former Minnesota governor Henry Sibley led an expedition of soldiers and Dakota scouts against the Dakota warriors. The war ended on December 26, 1862, when thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged in Mankato in the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Afterwards the government forced most of the remaining Dakota to leave Minnesota. For white Minnesotans, their experience of blood and terror negated all promises they had made to the Dakota. Stories and history books told about the great "Minnesota Massacre," but for many years the Indian side of the story was ignored.

    Shakopee (Shakpe, 'six'). The name of a succession of chiefs of the Medwakanton Sioux, residing on Minnesota river not far from the present town of Shakopee, Scott County, Minn. Three men of the name are mentioned in succession. The first met Maj. S. H. Long at the mouth of the Minnesota in 1817, when he came up to distribute the presents which Lieut. Z. M. Pike had contracted to send them 12 years earlier, and Long found him very offensive. This Shakopee was succeeded by his son, who was known as Eaglehead- Shakopee, and he by his son Little Six (Shakopeela), who was a leader in the Minnesota massacre of 1862.

    These mounted photographs of this incident are related to the Minnesota massacre. Photographs included are: Son of Little Crow, Sioux Warrior, Little Crow, Anpetu-Tokeca, (other day) he rescued sixty-two persons from the Indian Massacre, Shakpe's (Shakopee) scalping knife. The second sheet Old betsy "Bets" a friendly Sioux Squaw, Medicine bottle or "Grey Iron" a sious (Sioux) Murdered, Shakpe (Shakopee) another Indian captured with medicine bottle, hanging Shakpe (Shakopee) and medicine bottle, 1865, and a percussion revolver. Measures approximately 14" x 11".

    Condition:
    Fine-very fine, normal wear on mounts.


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