Category Archives: Mesquaki

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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Of People, Prairies, and Pies

There are a lot of really nice places to live in this world.  Sometimes Iowa is not the most pleasant place, but I wouldn’t trade it for anywhere right now, in the middle of October. I’m guessing that there are … 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 45: The treaty

“Whereas, under certain lawless and desperate leaders a formidable band, consisting  a large portion of the Sac and Fox nation, left their country in April last, and, in violation of treaties, commenced an unprovoked war on unsuspecting and defenseless citizens … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 44: Himself writes about Scott

“Himself” writes in his memoirs: Conferences were held with the Menominees and Sioux, and treaties signed with—first the Winnebagoes, and next with the confederate Sacs and Foxes, in separate general councils.  There was a second commissioner, united with Scott, in … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly Part 7: Removal of Kiskekosh

A number of the histories of counties and cities in the state of Iowa have stories about Kishkekosh, but most are variations of the same three stories.  One describes Kishkekosh’s attentive but failed attempts at the table manners of sophisticated … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly Part 6: Another View of Kishkekosh

“Keokuk received Captain Allen with superb dignity, and at once the march to the council tent began.  Keokuk, the magnificent, kingly of mien and stature, headed the procession robed in his most regal costume, and attended by a retinue as gorgeous … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly part 3–People and Places

When I first started the Poweshiek Skipper Project I thought it would be about the connection of people to place.  I grew up in Mahaska County, which is adjacent to Poweshiek County and Grinnell, where the butterfly was discovered.  How … Continue reading

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