Exciting Bdote Updates for 2018
“The [Bdote] trip is truly something that should be experienced by everyone who lives here.” – 2016 Participant
Many of us have heard of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Many more have heard of the mass hanging that followed, as well as the residual community trauma and discord that still make headlines today, 156 years after the war. However, most of us are not aware of the lives and heritage of the Dakota people before they were banished from the state of Minnesota – a law that is still on the books.
At one time, 30,000 Dakota called Minnesota home – now there are fewer than 2,000*, but the place we now call the “Twin Cities” remains a place of power and significance to Dakota people.
Join us for a day of learning about these significant sites – right in our backyard – from Dakota perspectives.
Learning from Place: Bdote is a day-long experience that brings participants to Indian Mounds Park, Wakan Tipi (also referred to as the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary), Historic Fort Snelling, Fort Snelling State Park, and Pilot Knob. As you experience these places, you will challenge assumptions made about Dakota history and identity while gaining a deeper understanding of the significance of these places to this land’s first people.
We are pleased to be offering Learning from Place: Bdote (formerly known as Bdote Field Trip) four times between May and September, and we’re THRILLED to announce that world-renowned Native American chef, The Sioux Chef, will be catering lunch for these trips!
Learning from Place: Bdote is open to everyone, and registration for all four trips is now available. We hope you can join us!
When: Sunday, May 20, Sunday, July 15, Sunday, August 19, Sunday, September 16
Cost: $90 per person if you register before May 1. $110 after May 1.
Additionally, for educators who have experienced a Bdote trip and are looking for support on how to share this experience with students, we are pleased to offer Teaching Bdote: Tools for Educators Teaching American Indian Content. This workshop, in collaboration with Saint Paul Public Schools, will be held at the Humanities Center on Saturday, May 19.
*Statistics from National Geographic’s “The Indian Wars: Battles, Bloodshed, and the Fight for Freedom on the American Frontier” by Anton Treuer.
Author: Eden Bart
Eden is a Program Officer for K-12 Education at the Minnesota Humanities Center.