Category Archives: Powasheek

The History of the Butterfly, Part 110: Pow-E-Shiek

No comprehensive history of Chief Poweshiek exists.  There are a number of historical writings that mention him, however. You may remember that Poweshiek became a chief by default, when a number of the Meskawki leaders were massacred by Sioux warriors … 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 43: General Winfield Scott

Winfield Scott was a success!  By golly, was he a success!  His memoirs (two volumes) were written by “Himself.” Scott referred to Himself in the third person:  “Scott preceded the detachments…” etc.  Winfield Scott is a part of the history of the butterfly, … 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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