Sleeping Giant; The Iron Range of Minnesota
The companion book to the exhibit now on view at the Minnesota Capitol 3rd Floor Gallery, April 18 through December 28, 2018. Capitol hours open for viewing M-F 8-5, Sat 20-3, Sun 1-4.
The phrase ‘sleeping giant’ is the English translation of the Ojibwe word ‘mesabi,’ the title Native Americans gave the Laurentian divide that eventually brought to the surface great deposits of iron, now known as Minnesota’s Iron Range. The mining boom that began in 1892 attracted over 40 nationalities to work and live there.
The rich tapestry of such diversity is conveyed through the portraits and cultural landscapes of Sleeping Giant - the food, music, dance, ceremonies, and beliefs from cultures including Welsh, Italian, Croatian, Native American and more.
Sleeping Giant is a photographic journey of the landscape, sociology, culture, economy, and evolution of this intriguing area as one would see it today. It’s a grand, sprawling story that detail a uniquely beautiful landscape and a proud, resilient people.