Category Archives: Poweshiek

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 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 134: The Founding of Agency City

The treaty signed by Poweshiek, Keokuk, and a number of the other chiefs of the Sacs and Foxes required the groups of Meskwaki living near what became Iowa City to relocate within a year.  It gave Keokuk’s group of Sac … 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 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 128: The Indians go to New York

A number of the Indians whose names became places in Iowa were treated like rock stars when they visited Boston on October 30, 1837.  The local population greeted them warmly.  Both sides exhibited what seems to have been genuine affection … 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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