Red River Land: John Tanner: The White Indian Part 1

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Red River Land is a series of programs about North Dakota developed for educational purposes in the 1960s by Erling Rolfsrud, educator, historian and writer, in conjunction with Prairie Public Television, as it was then known.


After being kidnapped by Indians along the Ohio River in 1789, John Tanner was sold to a Chippewa woman. He was raised Chippewa, named Falcon, and spoke no English as he grew up. As an adult Falcon would interact with the Scottish nobleman Lord Douglas and the Scot settlers he brought to the area known as “Selkirkers.”



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Source

Red River Land, Prairie Public and NCCST, Erling Rolfsrud.

Grade Level

2 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies

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  1. Red River Land: John Tanner: The White Indian Part 2
    Video: When war starts between the Hudson Bay Company and the Northwest Fur Trade Company in 1816 the Selkirkers are caught in the middle.
  2. Red River Land: John Tanner: The White Indian Part 3
    Video: After the dispute the Selkirkers again try to farm in the Red River Valley.
  3. Red River Land: John Tanner: The White Indian Part 4
    Video: The U.S.--Canada border is established and the Red River Land is settled.