Bde Maka Ska Walking Tour: From Dakota Village to Cottage City

Join us for a walk and conversation exploring multiple narratives on landscape and community transitions from 1829 to present.
Our tour will begin along original lake shoreline at the foot of current Thomas Avenue S., developed as Cottage City beginning in 1883. Continue along the present shoreline of Bde Maka Ska to the public art recognizing the Dakota village of Heyata Othunwe /“The Village Set Back” (from the Mississippi River) which stood in part on the present grounds of Lakewood Cemetery.
How do we recognize both Mahpiya Wichasta/Cloudman’s great-grandson Ohiyesa/Dr. Charles Eastman and the family of Norwegian emigrant Andreas Ueland in this setting? How does the community embrace both legacies and relay their histories to our descendants?
The tour will be about 1.5 miles in length.
The tour guide, Peter Sussman, grew up just south of Bde Maka Ska and participated with the Minneapolis Park Board and Dakota representatives collaborating on the public art recognition of the Dakota legacy of this setting. An architect and urban historian, he chaired the Preserve Minneapolis Summer Tour committee through 2021 and enjoys leading tours which recognize all who have built up and lived in this unique city

Next Tour Date: Tuesday, July 23 • 6-7:30pm

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