The TV show Seinfeld had a memorable episode called “The Yada Yada.” In the episode, a number of conversations involved a story in which a part was described with the words “yada yada, yada.” Usually that is used to skip over some unimportant parts to a story, but in this episode, it was used to cover up some other events–sexual encounters, shoplifting, and other things.
Do we do that with our history? The nation was expanding, we signed treaties with the Indians, yada, yada, yada, the settlers moved in.
I saw a sign at a new museum recently:
I have an unfinished project that I have been working on, and have added some pages to my “History of the butterfly” pages. Long term readers might know it is about the discovery of a butterfly, Oarisma poweshiek, in Iowa, and the people involved with its history, including the Mesquaki chief that the butterfly was named for.
I recently completed a section on Black Hawk. You can find it here.
I also have a section that includes newspaper clippings from a period in 1837 when a number of Meskwaki, Sauk, and Sioux leaders visited the city of Washington to air out their grievances. Go to this page, and follow the links on the left.
Some important details were left out.