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Staples in Wadena County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

"A Cloud of Barbed Arrows"

 
 
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Photographed By McGhiever, October 2, 2015
1. "A Cloud of Barbed Arrows" Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot, in 1783, a young Ojibwe boy named Esh-ke-bug-e-coshe (Flatmouth) crouched behind a trading post's log barricade on this wah de nah (sloping or little round hill) while Dakota arrows fell "as thick as snowflakes" around him.

A Frenchman known today only as Ah-wish-to-yah (blacksmith) had ventured into this area - the heart of the best hunting grounds claimed by the Dakota - seeking beaver pelts and other wild game.

Flatmouth survived to later describe to historian William Warren that winter day when 200 "Dakota bravely crossed the stream on the ice" to attack French voyageurs and Ojibwe hunters encamped here with Ah-wish-to-yah.

But the Dakota's "cloud of barbed arrows" were no match for musket balls fired by the French and Ojibwe. It is said that the Dakota, after running out of arrows, buried their dead beneath the river's ice before leaving the area.

Some people believe this incident gave modern day Wadena its name.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, Non-US. A significant historical year for this entry is 1783.
 
Location. 46° 25.124′ 

"A Cloud of Barbed Arrows" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, October 2, 2015
2. "A Cloud of Barbed Arrows" Marker
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N, 94° 49.652′ W. Marker is in Staples, Minnesota, in Wadena County. Marker can be reached from Old Wadena Circle. On trail at south end of Old Wadena County Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Staples MN 56479, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Here you stand at 4th & Main (approx. 0.4 miles away); Motley, Minnesota (approx. 10.4 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. fur trade
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 7, 2022