A discussion of historically oriented work and materials presented in a digital, online environment.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Guarding the Cornfields, 1854, by Seth Eastman
Seth Eastman served in the US Army, including two tours at Fort Snelling
in the Minnesota Territory (near present-day St. Paul). During his
second tour there, he was the fort’s commanding officer. While stationed
at the fort, he painted a number of scenes of Native American life in
the region. In the above scene, Native Americans use noise-making
devices to frighten crows and other birds away from their corn fields.
Eastman contributed hundreds of illustrations, including this one, to Henry Rowe Schoolcraft's six-volume study on History of Indian Tribes of the United States (1851–1857).