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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 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 137: A Final Indignity

Black Hawk suffered a final indignity in death. His grave was robbed. There is an account of a part of the theft in Annals of Iowa, Volume XIII, No. 6, October, 1922. This is part of an account by Mrs. … 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 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 127: Next Week’s Paper

The Niles National Register from the following week—November 18, 1837, carried news of a tragic accident. The steamboat Monmouth, operating by the Alabama Emigrating Company, sank in a terrible accident. Two hundred thirty four Creek Indians, on board because they … 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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