Category Archives: Meskwaki

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 141: Dancing for the Amusement of Spectators

Yesterday my family and I went to the 98th annual Meskwaki Pow Wow. This is a four-day celebration, descended from the “green corn festival”, that includes dancing and singing for spectators.  It is a very charming thing to witness, although … 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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The History of the Butterfly, Part 133: Conflict Over Sugar

The Sauk and Meskwaki seasonal cycle prior to about 1820 was to gather in large villages during the summer, where they grew crops and engaged in game-playing and other activities.  Some of the Meskwaki mined lead, which they traded or … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 131: Meskwaki Women Help Mrs. Smith

For a few years, from maybe 1835 to about 1839, three small villages of Meskwaki were located along the Iowa River, in or near what is now Iowa City.  Settlers and would-be settlers hung around—some crossing illegally into what was … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 130: A New Treaty

The visit that the Sauk and Fox Indians made to Washington resulted in a new land cessation treaty. The tan double triangle area was what was ceded.  Poweshiek’s village was near Iowa City at the time–Poweshiek lived in that area for … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 126: More from Boston

This etching of Faneuil Hall in Boston is identified as being from the 1830’s by Wikimedia commons because of additions made to the structure, in spite of the date written on the etching. More from the November 11, 1837 Niles … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly Part 125: The Indians in Boston

The November 11, 1837 edition of Nile’s National Register  contains an account of the group of Sac and Fox Indians in Boston.  I have quoted part of this account previously. More to follow…

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 124: Poweshiek meets John Ross

In the November 25, 1837 Niles National Register, a speech made by John Ross to some of the Seminoles is reprinted.  In it, he mentions that he has recently met with the chiefs of several northern tribes, and that the … Continue reading

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The History of Butterfly, Part 120: News from the Seminole War

In 1837, our group of Sac and Fox Indians from Iowa went to Washington for a treaty conference.  At that time, the U. S. policy of Indian Removal was in full force.  The papers were full of news about various … Continue reading

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