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Singing Bird Nature Center

Black Hawk State Historic Site

15th St. and 45th Avenue

Rock Island, IL 61201

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Over the Levee, Under the Plow concludes in Saukenuk, the center of the Sauk homelands and the largest city in Illinois for the first decades of the 19th century. It was the need to plant the fields around Saukenuk that led Black Hawk's band to ignore the provisions of a fraudulent treaty and cross the Mississippi in April 1832, triggering the events culminating in the Bad Axe Massacre. Three years later, John Deere began manufacturing the eponymous plow that would transform the prairie into commodity agriculture. Yet the catastrophic environmental transformations wrought by settlement have not exterminated Indigenous political and ecological practices, which have persisted and adapted to what Kyle Powys White calls the post-apocalyptic conditions of the present

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Singing Bird Nature Center

Black Hawk State Historic Site

15th St. and 45th Avenue

Rock Island, IL 61201

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