Historical Archaeology and the Alphabetic Record: The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters


Friday, January 24, 2014 - 6:00am to 7:00am


Office of the State Archaeologist, 700 Clinton Street Building, University of Iowa
Camp Kearney was a military prison within the non-extant Civil War military post Camp McClellan, located in present day Village of East Davenport. It was created specifically to incarcerate Native Americans from Minnesota who were sentenced to internment as a result of the Dakota War and the Conflict of 1862. The condemned included several hundred men, women and children. Prevailing Victorian attitudes towards Native Americans, as documented from local newspaper stories, contributed to inhumane treatment of those confined to Camp Kearney. 
In his lecture, Professor Round will examine how the prisoners used an alphabetic version of the Dakota language in their letters pleading for release. The same orthography they employed would later play a significant role for the Lakota in the events during and after the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890.

Phillip Round is a Professor of English and American Indian and Native Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of several books, including ?Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country? (University of North Carolina, 2010). He is currently on leave with a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Brown Bags at the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) is a semi-regular Friday noon series where OSA staff and guests share their research over the noon hour. Topics include individuals? areas of interest, work in the field, developments in archaeology and architectural history throughout Iowa and the Midwest. Guest speakers whose expertise is in other areas pertaining to archaeology or ethno history may be invited throughout the year as well.
The OSA Brown Bag Series is free and open to the public.

Presentations begin at noon.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and engage in discussion following the presentation.
For more information about presenting or attending please contact www.uiowa.edu/~osa or Maria Schroeder: maria-schroeder@uiowa.edu; (319) 384-0974


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