History of the Butterfly, Part 54: Mahaska Speaks

If you have been following this story you may remember Mahaska (the elder). Mahaska seems to have had only a minor role at the conference, but his words are interesting.

Man-hoo-skaw (White Cloud), Ioway—My Father!  My heart is glad and I must shake hands with you.
Sioux, Sacs & Foxes, that are here!  Look upon me and you look upon almost a white man.
Fathers!  When I was at Washington, it was said we had no chief, by their sending such a fellow as I but it appears that we have done pretty well since.
Fathers!  When you kindled the fire here once before, I was present, but they broke the peace then made—I kept it.  Perhaps they may do better this time, but I think they will not.  All these people you see here, who wear one of these things (pointing to his war club) think themselves very great.
My Father!  When I was at Washington I heard my G. Father’s word and yours.  I have succeeded pretty well in following your advice.  You have built me a house—but I am the only one.
I also follow your advice in trying to plough.  You said I was strong.  I have learned to plough and now I eat my own bread, and it makes me large & strong.  These people eat everything, and yet they are lean.  They can’t get fat even by eating their own words.
I follow your advice in everything, as well as that of my Sub Agent (Gen. Hughes) now here.  Even my children are at work making cloth.  This, father, is what I have to say.  When I was young, I used to pride myself in one of these things (war club) but now I mean to throw it aside.  I know of better things. 
All of my posts about the two Mahaskas can be found here.
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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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