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Flags for the Fourth and a Surprise Find

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.

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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.

Holga-ing Around the MPLS Photo Center

Back in July, the Minneapolis Photo Center had an exhibit on called “100 Years of Cameras and Photography.” It was a lot of fun to see all the vintage cameras and equipment. There was also a talk by Tom Arndt, a native Minnesotan who has been documenting life in these parts since the 1970s. His photo books include “Home: Tom Arndt’s Minnesota” and “Men in America.” It was fascinating to hear him talk about all kinds of photo topics, including Vivian Maier and why he still shoots black and white film.

It was a beautiful evening and Wendell and I got to the MPLS Photo Center early so we wandered around the area a little bit. The railroad tracks are close by and there are lots of warehouses and construction-related businesses in the neighborhood.

All the photos from this roll are on Flickr in the Roll 21 album if you’d like to take a peek.