Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta soldiers, China

One of the goals of this project was to learn more about the city I live in. Oftentimes, you’re never a tourist in your hometown and you can miss out on really cool stuff. I’ve tried to unearth city treasures of both familiar landmarks and relatively unknown markers. Today, my family and I toured the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Surprisingly, the museum was busier than a nightclub. It’s awesome, and it’s free (aside from the special exhibit). Some of my favorite sections were the Egyptian art and European paintings including Van Gogh and Monet.

Today’s special exhibit hearkened from China:  Near the unexcavated tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China, lays an extraordinary underground treasure: an entire army of life-size terracotta soldiers and horses, interred for more than 2,000 years.

For the past 37 years, archaeologists have been excavating a 22-square-mile area, recovering about 1,900 soldiers and horses of an estimated 7,000 buried in the tomb pits. Eight terracotta tomb warriors and two horses were on display in Minneapolis, and suffice it to say the attention to detail and individual craftsmanship was awe-inspiring.  Photographs weren’t allowed so instead I took a photo of a replica of the ten-foot-long bronze chariots, each drawn by four bronze horses. I love history.

Chief War Eagle

Chief War Eagle

Chief War Eagle Monument overlooks the tri-state area of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota and offers a picturesque view of the confluence of the Sioux and Missouri rivers.

As a young man, War Eagle spent considerable time working among the white Americans. During the War of 1812, he carried messages for the U.S. government and worked among the native people to promote the cause of the United States against the British. He worked as a river guide on the upper Mississippi and also served as a messenger for the American Fur Company on the Missouri.

Two of his daughters, Dawn and Blazing Cloud, married Theophile Bruguier, a trader with the American Fur Company. They would establish the first white settlement in what would become Sioux City, Iowa.Point of South Dakota, where the Missouri River and Big Sioux River meet