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History of the Butterfly, Part 87: Leading up to the War

After the War of 1812, the United States government continued to initiate treaties that promoted continued peace and friendship, (at least that is what they said they were for) but that also affirmed the boundaries of the treaty of 1804. … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 59: Saukenuk

The John Hauberg Museum of Native American Life at the Black Hawk State (Illinois) Historical Site has a little diorama of what Saukenuk looked like, and displays of summer and winter houses. This is their idea of Saukenuk.  Houses were rectangular, … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 58: The Village Saukenuk

Part of the land ceded in the treaty of 1804 included the village of Saukenuk.  This village was the birthplace of Black Hawk and Keokuk.  Here is a sign from the Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island, Illinois.

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History of the Butterfly, Part 47: Setting the Scene

To understand Poweshiek, we need to understand how and where he grew up.  We have a tendency to think of American Indians through the images that Hollywood has given us–mostly that of the plains Indians, traveling around, sleeping in tepees and hunting … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 40: Black Hawk Remembers

“Our village was situate on the north side of Rock river, at the foot of its rapids, and on the point of land between Rock River and the Mississippi.  In its front, a prairie extended to the bank of the … Continue reading

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