Category Archives: Powasheek

Chief Poweshiek on a Freedom Rock

Over the years I have posted stories around a butterfly, Oarisma poweshiek, or the Poweshiek skipper.  This butterfly was discovered in Grinnell, Iowa and named after the county of its discovery and also the Meskwaki chief that the county was … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 141: Happy Alaska Day

Today is “Alaska Day”, a legal holiday in the State of Alaska.  By a coincidence, some of the people involved in Alaska Day can be linked easily to the characters I have talked about in this blog. You may remember … 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 139: The Death of General Street

In May of 1840 General Joseph Montfort Street died. General Street had been Indian Agent to the Sacs and Foxes, and by all accounts had looked out for the interests of the Indians. He had a close friendship with Wapello … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 132: “Ross Can Come Back Now.”

The early settlers in the Iowa City area had frequent interactions with the Indians.  Sometimes those interactions were positive—shared meals, care for women in childbirth.  Sometimes the interactions took on a darker character. Asa Gregg was an early settler who … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 119: A Letter From General Street

The Niles Weekly Register was a newspaper that published information from a number of sources.  On February 4, 1837 it published a letter that had been made available for publication by the Congressional Globe, the official paper of Congress. This … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 113: More Poweshiek Treaties

Sometimes I get ahead of myself and don’t always see the details I should.  That is true when I study nature, and it is true as well when I study history. I have discovered a couple more treaties that Poweshiek … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 112: The Black Hawk “Purchase”

After the Black Hawk War, General Winfield Scott negotiated the Black Hawk Purchase.  At least that is the name a lot of history books gave it.  The Indians relinquished land and received money.  It could have been called something else, … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, part 111: Poweshiek the Comedian

Perry Armstrong (Armstrong, 1887) tells a story about Poweshiek, which would have happened shortly after the Black Hawk War. “Powesheik and Keokuk accompanied Black Hawk, Neopope, Winnesheik, Pashepaho and the other Sauk captives to Washington City in 1833.  Whenever and wherever … Continue reading

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What is known about Poweshiek?

Poweshiek was a leader of the Meskwaki from his appointment as chief in about 1830 until his death in 1854.  At some point, probably in the 1850’s, he relenquished his position as chief to another individual, Ma-Me-Nwa-Ne-Ke.  Poweshiek died in … Continue reading

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