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August 19, 2022

Preservation Thursday: Picturing Sacred Ground: Lakota Maps of the Black Hills, 1874 to 1946

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by Linea Sundstrom, owner of Day Star Research in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood.  The event is wheelchair accessible.  The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Beginning with the 1874 Black Hills expedition, Lakota people began producing maps on paper which included the Black Hills. Known maps include those of Red Horse, Big Turkey, Amos Bad Heart Bull, and an unknown cartographer referred to as Dragonfly. These maps name places important to the Lakota people and reflect Lakota history and beliefs. The Dragonfly map, housed at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, details many Lakota connections to the Black Hills, including origin narratives and historic events. 

Linea Sundstrom is a private contractor specializing in northern Great Plains archaeology, ethnogeography, and history. She has a doctorate in anthropology and 40 plus years of experience in the archaeology and history of the northern Great Plains. Sundstrom is the author of Voice of the Eagle Woman: The Black Hills in Native American Mythology (Buffalo Bean Books, 2022), Storied Stone: Rock Art of the Black Hills Country (University of Oklahoma Press, 2004), Rock Art of the Southern Black Hills: A Contextual Approach (Garland Publishing, 1990), Culture History of the Black Hills (J&L Publishing, 1989), and numerous articles on northern plains archaeology and history. She received the Wellman award for rock art research and conservation in 2015, the Blakely award for history in 2005, the Heizer award for ethnohistory in 2003, and the Luebke award for Great Plains studies in 1998 and 2009.

Preservation Thursday is made possible by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Deadwood History, Deadwood Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Black Hills Pioneer, Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex, and Saloon No. 10. 

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