Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities


In this essay, I aimed to deconstruct the way that the history of Minnesota’s Iron Range is remembered and reveal how it supports an exploitative and harmful mining industry and system of capitalism. I identify how harm against Indigenous people and land is not a part of this collective memory of Iron Range’s history and neither is the way that racial division and racism were used as tools to exploit and suppress workers. I both complicate the narrative by revealing these histories and imagine how different the world and the Range would be if we honestly confronted and reckoned with our history.

Author Biography

Sara Rukavina is a senior American Studies major and Psychology and Spanish minor from Boston, Massachusetts. Her family roots from Minnesota, specifically the Iron Range, brought her to Macalester College for school.

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