Painting by Tom E Stewart www.testewart.com
This painting was one of four paintings where Tom E Stewart compared views first
painted in the mid 1800"s with the way these same views look today.
He learned, all of the views and sites he painted along the Mississippi river were important to the Dakota, this was their home and a basis for their origin Bdote. The confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers is one of the most historically significant landscapes in Minnesota, known to many Dakota people as Bdote. It is a place where rivers and people have come together for at least 10,000 years.
Visit mnhs.org/fortsnelling/learn/bdote for a quick background on Bdote.
With great respect, I acknowledge the Dakota peoples whose traditional and ancestral homeland I currently occupy to live, work and play.
The Twin Cities have many sacred sites of the Dakota spirituality and history and I acknowledge them for their care of the land over the thousands of years they lived here. I acknowledge that this land was stolen from the indigenous people through illegitimate treaties in 1805, 1837 and 1851. Theses treaties were never honored and acts of genocide and forced removal were committed against the native people. The impact of those actions and oppression of native people continues today. I recognize the indigenous people that currently live here and have a continued connection to the land and waters in and around the Twin Cities. I wish to pay respect and gratitude to them and their culture both past and present.