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Agate in Sioux County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Two Cultures, One Land

 
 
Two Cultures, One Land Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 11, 2022
1. Two Cultures, One Land Marker
Inscription.  During the time of scientific exploration, other gatherings took place at Agate Springs Ranch. Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota and many of his friends and family members would make the 150-mile trip by wagon from the Pine Ridge Reservation. While staying at the ranch, they hunted, worked for James Cook, prepared beef they were given, tanned hides, told stories, and danced. Many residents of the surrounding area remembered going to the ranch to watch and participate in the dancing and singing.

From gifts given through the friendship forged between Red Cloud and Cook, between cultures, this extraordinary collection of Lakota artifacts grew and became known as the James H. Cook Collection. Special items such as Red Cloud's shirt, three generations of pipe bags, and Red Cloud's portrait (at right), as well as items of daily use, are displayed in the visitor center museum, which is three miles east of here.

My son Jack... would like to see the Painting that you had made of me in your room many years ago, I want you to always own and keep that picture-so long as you live and then let your oldest son have it to keep. Then I
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am sure my children and their children can always go and look at the face of one of the last of the old Chiefs that lived before the white men came to take our lands and turn us from the old trails.... I think my People will always find a true friend and I want them to listen to your words of counsel.
Letter to James H. Cook from Red Cloud, Chief, Oglala Lakota

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Middle Right:
Red Cloud portrait, by Bessie Sandes Butler, 1902, is on display in the visitor center.

(Below) Gathering of neighbors, friends, and Red Cloud's family at Agate Springs Ranch, July 4, 1931.
 
Erected by Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1931.
 
Location. 42° 25.502′ N, 103° 47.291′ W. Marker is in Agate, Nebraska, in Sioux County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and State Highway 29, on the left when traveling east on River Road. The marker is located at a small parking lot for the trail head on the Daemonelix trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrison NE 69346, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Guests from Pine Ridge (within shouting distance
The Two Cultures, One Land Marker is the second marker from the right image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 11, 2022
2. The Two Cultures, One Land Marker is the second marker from the right
of this marker); Agate Springs Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); A Slice Through Time (approx. 0.4 miles away); Daemonelix (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fossil Hills Trail (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bone Cabin (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Gift of Friendship (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fossil Hills Trail (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Agate.
 
More about this marker. The Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is a fee-free National Park Service site.
 
Also see . . .
1. Red Cloud. Wikipedia (Submitted on July 14, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

2. History & Culture. Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (Submitted on July 14, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

3. Oglala. Wikipedia (Submitted on July 14, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Two Cultures, One Land Marker from the parking lot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, June 11, 2022
3. The view of the Two Cultures, One Land Marker from the parking lot
Red Cloud image. Click for full size.
Public Domain - John K. Hillers, circa 1880
4. Red Cloud
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 14, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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