and Clark and the Indian Country" also reflects on the history of
a vibrant culture of many Native American societies.
school child may know about the Lewis and Clark Expedition that
explored the newly purchased territory for President Thomas Jefferson
at the beginning of the 19th century.
if you visit the "Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country" exhibit
at the University of Minnesota Duluth Library, on display through
Feb. 25, you may get an entirely new understanding of what happened
during the Corps
of Discovery's adventures.
with slapping at mosquitoes, hunting buffalo and other game, punishing
mischievous soldiers and documenting hundreds of new flora and fauna,
the Lewis and Clark expedition crossed the traditional homelands
of more than 50 Native American tribes. The focus of the exhibition
is way these tribes perceived the explorers and how they interacted.
exhibit was organized by the Newberry Library in Chicago, in cooperation
with the American Library Association. It tells the story of the
1804 to 1806 expedition from the point of view of the Indians along
Lewis and Clark's route.
often gets lost in the story is that Lewis and Clark did not explore
a wilderness they traveled through an inhabited homeland,"
says Frederick Hoxie, he exhibit's curator and Swanlund Professor
of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "This
expedition is part of the history of the native peoples the explorers
met, and the exhibit offers us an opportunity to understand an Indian
perspective on our shared American past."
UMD library was selected as one of 27 sites for the six-year traveling
exhibit. The university was especially interested in displaying
the exhibit because of its emphasis on explorers, the important
role they played in the development of the United States and its
examination of how Native Americans interacted with the men of the
expedition. Assistant Library Director, Liz Benson Johnson and former
Duluth Public Library employee Wendy Wennberg collaborated to apply
for the grant that allowed the traveling exhibit to come to UMD
with support from the local native American community, UMD's
American Indian Studies department, the Duluth Public Library and
the St. Louis County Historical Society.
think visitors will gain a better understanding of the Lewis and
Clark expedition through this educational display," says UMD
Library Director, Bill Sozansky.
addition to the traveling exhibit, UMD will also provide inhouse
exhibit with maps and historical photos that depict area Ojibwe
people, families and communities, including those in Nett Lake,
Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Fond du Lac and Duluth. The university
will also host several lectures in conjunction with the Lewis and
Clark exhibit that focus on how western expansion affected Minnesota
and Clark and the Indian Country" also reflects on the history
of a vibrant culture of many Native American societies that didn't
realize the coming of Jefferson's great enterprise marked the
beginning of the end for their way of life. The exhibit asks this
question: What will be left of the Native American culture when
all Americans honor the tri-centennial of the Lewis and Clark adventure
in 2104? "Hosting this presentation is keeping with the library's
goal of stimulating learning on our campus," says Sozansky.