Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

August 1994


Published in Great Plains Research 4:2 (August 1994). Copyright © 1994 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


In the summer of 1980, Janet Spector began to conduct a University of Minnesota archaeological field school at Lillie Rapids on the Minnesota River, forty-five miles southwest of Minneapolis. The site was occupied in the early to mid-1800s by a Wahpeton Dakota summer village. Her challenge was not only to teach archaeology but constructively to combine evidence from the ground with documentary data from missionaries and others who had written about Native people and communities in the area.