Lots of issues with this example

Archival silences in regard to Native Americans could fill more than one book, no doubt. But for now, here’s an example:

In a tiny office at North Dakota State University in Fargo, Clifford Canku has spent 10 years poring over the faint handwriting with a magnifying glass.

“One letter would take about a week,” said Canku, a Dakota elder who teaches Dakota language at North Dakota State. Canku is one of three lead translators on the project, which has unearthed never-before revealed details of a turbulent episode in Minnesota history.

The letters are from imprisoned Dakota men, and are important and revealing on many levels. Here’s the link to the story: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/dakota-tribe-letters

The written Dakota language was created by a Presbyterian missionary, Stephen Riggs. When the prisoners wrote to him, he would share the letters with families. The letters, along with other documents, were stored in a box at the Minnesota Historical Society for decades.

So this is a case when there is documentation, but it was inaccessible due to the rarity of the language (I assume) and also the difficulty of reading the fading ink of the letters.



Lots of issues with this example

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