For the 33rd roll of the year, waaaay back in July, I loaded a Holga with Kodak Portra 400 and set off through the neighborhood to see if I could find some flags or other patriotic symbols. I didn’t find very many flags, but I did come across a boulder marking the last known remains of the Kaposia Indians. It’s in a small grassy area in the middle of a neighborhood.
Kaposia actually refers to the seasonal settlement within the current limits of South St. Paul, Minnesota. The settlement was founded in 1750 by a group of Dakota on the Mississippi River. According to Wikipedia,
In the early 1800s, over 400 Dakota would use Kaposia as their place of residence, living there over the warm summer months. In 1837, the village was moved to the western side of the river, and then moved again due to the Treaty of Mendota, which gave white settlers the right to settle in the region.
When the photos came back from the lab, I felt a strange disconnect between the flags that are displayed to celebrate American Independence Day and the stone noting the obliteration of the native people.
All 11 photos from this roll are in the Roll 33 album on Flickr.