Clash of US empire and Indigenous peoples of Black Hills chronicled in 'Myth-Mapping' article
August 6, 2021
LAWRENCE - Although having grown up in South Dakota, Elaine Nelson knew very little about the Black Hills until she took a college history class on the American West.
"I started realizing I was sort of robbed of the complexity of my own state's history, and that inspired me to pursue the history profession," said Nelson, assistant professor of history at the University of Kansas.
"Eventually, I saw the Black Hills as not just a place to think about in terms of history but also the sort of looming tourism industry that needs to be carefully scrutinized for what it does. It makes money by exploiting the past and by creating an account that is celebratory instead of real and true."