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A Poem from the 19th Century

Badger John Clare When midnight comes a host of dogs and men Go out and track the badger to his den, And put a sack within the hole, and lie Till the old grunting badger passes by. He comes an … 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 5: More Kishkekosh

“Kish-ke-kosh was regarded among his tribe as the clown and wit, and in the journey to the East he did not forget to display his humor and sarcasm.  The Indians descended the Mississippi to the mouth of the Ohio by … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 4: Kishkekosh

Kishkekosh was a minor chief.  Sometimes he was described as a Fox (a.k.a. Meskwaki) and sometimes a Sauk chief. He seems to have been quite a character, and not easily understood.  He was personable and charming, at the same time … 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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