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Encounter on the Great PlainsScandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930$
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Karen V. Hansen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746811

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746811.001.0001

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Indians Never Knocked: Fear Frames the Encounter

Indians Never Knocked: Fear Frames the Encounter

(p.29) 1 Indians Never Knocked: Fear Frames the Encounter
Encounter on the Great Plains

Karen V. Hansen

Oxford University Press

The encounter between Dakotas and Scandinavians and other Euro–American settlers was imbued with a mutual fearfulness born of violent conflict, particularly the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. This chapter narrates the contradictory memories of war that live today at the Spirit Lake Dakota Indian Reservation and examines the ways that Dakotas and Scandinavians opened doors to each other, or not, in the late nineteenth century. It interrogates two cultural events that occurred on one day—the Fort Totten powwow and the centennial parade that celebrated the founding of the Scandinavian village on the reservation. Family stories attempt to make sense of this antagonistic history and edgy coexistence.

Keywords:   Dakotas, Scandinavians, U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, encounter, Indian reservation, inter-ethnic anxiety, dispossession, hospitality, give-aways, parade, powwow

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