Category Archives: Mahaska

History of the Butterfly, Part 92: Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life

George Catlin spent years traveling among the North American native tribes.  He painted their portraits and aspects of their cultures. He painted portraits of some of the characters involved in the history of the butterfly, including Keokuk and Mahaska. He … Continue reading

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A Railroad Bridge in Winter

Here is another old landscape photograph of a railroad bridge north of New Sharon, Iowa.  It is kind of on the border between Mahaska and Poweshiek Counties–probably more in Poweshiek than Mahaska.

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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 … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 26: Catlin’s Motives

I read an article which was not very complimentary about George Catlin’s motives.  The gist of the article was that Mr. Catlin was motivated primarily by money, and that he perpetuated the “Noble Savage” myth.  (See Herring, 2006 in the … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 25: Mahaska in Europe–summary

In 1844-1845 the Sauk and Fox (Meskwaki) were preparing to leave Iowa, finally having ceded the rest of what became of the state to the United States Government.  Mahaska II and a small group of Ioway Indians were touring Europe … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 24: Death of the Infant

We join George Catlin and his party of Ioway Indians, including Mahaska II as they land in Perth. “As I was in anxious expectation of their arrival, I met the party with carriages when they landed, and I was pained to … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 23: Corsair

Fourteen Ioway Indians, including Mahaska II and Senontiya, the medicine man or “the Doctor” had been in Great Britain for about half a year, touring all over the country with George Catlin’s Indian exhibit.  The infant son (Corsair) of Shontayiga, … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 21: The Promenade

I will get back to the story of Mahaska in Europe at some time in the future.  I cut a little clip from Catlin’s book that I thought was amusing.  The point in time for this bit was shortly after Mahaska’s … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 20: The Doctor is in.

Mahaska was not the star of the show.  That title would probably go to the man they called The Medicine Man or The Doctor, Senontiya.  When the group would stop and stay somewhere, The Doctor would always disappear.  He could usually … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 19: Mahaska goes to Europe

George Catlin partnered with P. T. Barnum to set up an Indian show in Europe.  It featured his paintings, some items that would be of interest to spectators (like weapons) and troops of Native American actors. The group of Ioways … Continue reading

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