Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Frederick Manfred’s “Siouxland”
For Manfred, Siouxland contained no rigid state boundary lines. Rather, he envisioned it as an area with distinct social, cultural, and economic values that made its people unique. His writings often reflect his farm upbringing and echo the voices of the farmers who as settlers, began learning the hard, enduring lessons of the land over a century ago. The voices of native Sioux Indians are heard as well in several of his books, including Lord Grizzly (1954), Conquering Horse (1959), Scarlet Plume (1964), and The Manly-Hearted Woman (1975). Manfred concurred in the Indian beliefs that all people
Many of Manfred’s novels are set in Siouxland. This is the Year (1947) deals with a man’s treatment of farmland southeast of Sioux Falls. Conquering Horse is set in Minnehaha County when it was tribal land. It is the story of No Name, a young Yankton Sioux brave, who camps by the “River of the Double Bend” (the Falls of the Big Sioux), makes his vision quest, and returns victorious, as “Conquering Horse,” chief of the Yanktons.
Frederick Manfred illustrated his love of Siouxland and his belief in its uniqueness and importance in his fictional place names and in his personal involvement. He taught at the University of South Dakota (1968–1984) and was a consultant in the Humanities at Augustana College in Sioux Falls (1984–1994). In both his writings and in his life, Siouxland becomes “holy land.”
Erected 2000 by Minnehaha County Historical Society and the City of Sioux Falls.
Location. 43° 33.543′ N, 96° 43.297′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Falls Park Drive and North 2nd Touch for map. It is riverside at Falls Park at the turn the Sioux Falls Bike Trail where it climbs up to the bridge to cross the river. Park at the first parking lot for the Falls Park Visitor Information Center. You should be able to see the marker from the far end of the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 131 E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls SD 57104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Artisans at the Falls (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In the Name of Progress (about 300 feet away); The Dubuque House (about 500 feet away); Monarch of the Plains (about 500 feet away); The Promise of Electricity (about 500 feet away); Falls Park Bridge (about 600 feet away); Prison Quarry (about 800 feet away); Hazel O'Connor (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for Frederick Manfred. “Lord Grizzly, the first of ‘The Buckskin Man Tales,’ was the first work Manfred published under his new name. It was a best seller and one of the finalists for the National Book Award in 1954.” (Submitted on December 16, 2015.)
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