Category Archives: Fox tribe

Can You Yada Yada History?

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 … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 140: New Image of an Old Painting

I ran across this painting the other day and it almost took my breath away.  It may look a little familiar.  I use a black and white reproduction of this painting taken from The Sac and Fox Indians by William … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 138: Poweshiek was a Money Chief

The Sauk and Meskwaki, prior to the years of Indian Removal, had a fairly structured society. Political events were handled in a council, and a small number of individuals held significant positions within the council. A number of these people … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 99: The Survivors and Keokuk

Black Hawk knew he was defeated and attempted to negotiate a surrender on May 13, 1832, in the event that later became known as “The Battle of Stillman’s Run.”  After that event came a series of skirmishes and battles as … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 81: Marston’s Tally

Major Marston ‘s letter, included in the appendix of the Rev. Morse’s Report to the Secretary of War (Morse, 1822) included some comments on the seasonal cycles used by the Sauk and Meskwaki, and a tally of their trade goods and … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 62: William Henry Harrison and the Treaty of 1804

William Henry Harrison was a product of privilege and ability.  His father signed the Declaration of Independence and was for a time the Governor of Virginia.  Harrison became a political leader and Congressman from the Northwest Territory.  While he was … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 56: The Treaty of 1804.

The most significant thing that happened to Poweshiek had its origins in 1804.  That was either shortly before or shortly after Poweshiek was born (depending on which source you believe). Powesheik would not have remembered it but Black Hawk did, … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 55: Poweshiek’s Mentors

Oarisma poweshiek, the Poweshiek skipper, is a small butterfly that was discovered in Grinnell, Iowa and named after its county of discovery and a Chief of the Meskwaki tribe of Indians, who were native to Iowa. The history of the butterfly is … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 53: The Treaty Negotiations

In July of 1830 a council was held in order to negotiate a peace treaty between the United States and a number of the warring tribes.  As with a number of these councils, the representatives of the United States took … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 52: The Threats Continue

Poweshiek came to power, in part, because many of the leaders of his tribe were massacred by a Sioux war party.  The Sioux were at war with the Meskwakie (a.k.a, Fox).  The two tribes had a long history of aggression … Continue reading

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