Voices of the Saint Croix 1600-1900 DVD
Through letters, journals, and memoirs, this traces the changing face of the St. Croix river.
After the last glacier melted about 10,000 years ago, the swollen St. Croix river carved a deep gorge through solid granite and plunged over a giant waterfall into the Mississippi east of what is now St. Paul, Minnesota. As the land gegan to dry up, the St. Croix moved eastward and forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. For centuriies Dakota villages lay along the lower river. Farther north, Ojibwe people moved into the headwaters near Lake Superior - driven there by the search for fur to trade with the French and later English who had landed along the Atlantic coast in the 1500s and 1600s.
Through the voices of Dakota and Ojibwe storytellers, the memoirs of French and English explorers and traders, the journal of a young American lieutenant sent by President Jefferson, and a lumberjack and log rafter who witnessed the cutting of her virgin pine forests, this film traces the changing face of the St. Croix.
In 1968, the St. Croix was declared a "Wild and Scenic River" by the United States Congress - its natural, historic, and cultural character to be preserved for present and future generations.
DVD, North Wind Productions (2016) 45 minutes