Documenting the Dakota: Dakota Dance at Prince Albert

This photograph from the T.H.J. Charmbury Photograph Collection was taken in Prince Albert between 1901 and 1918.  A number of Dakota men are performing a dance in the street for the residents of Prince Albert, who are standing in the shade of some of the local stores.  This image speaks to the complex nature of the relationship between the Dakota people and the Euro-Canadian settlers. Although the relationship was largely cooperative, and many of the Dakota people were employed by the settlers, these groups remained separate.  They were not only separated by cultural differences, but the Dakota reserve was also physically separated from the Prince Albert settlement by the North Saskatchewan River.

 

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