It is the 1850s at Chadron Creek in northwestern Nebraska. The peace is yet to be shattered by the Sioux Wars and these Brule Sioux have arrived to trade hides for blankets and such “white man” trinkets as kettles, axes, powder and guns.
The look and design of the sod cabin was typical for the area. It took fewer logs to build it that way and a sod structure provided added insulation and security in a tense time. But overall, this image shows that cooperation was always possible when people tried to understand each other.