“A Cloud of Barbed Arrows”
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.
Location. 46° 25.124′ N, 94° 49.652′ W. Marker is in Staples, Minnesota, in Wadena County. Marker can be reached from Old Wadena Circle. Touch for map. On trail at south end of Old Wadena County Park. Marker is in this post office area: Staples MN 56479, United States of America.
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Additional keywords. fur trade
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, Non-US •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 38 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.