Bio: Blackhawk, Winnebago (1921)

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----Source: Owen Enterpirse, 6-Jan-1921.


An Indian Chief's war bundle-on of the few owned by museums in the ocutnry--was recently given to the Wisconsin State Historical museum, by John Blackhawk, of Greenwood, Wisconsin, great grandson of "Winnebago Blackhawk," an Indian chief of the Mississippi River Valley tribes. Most of these bundles are kept in the possession of the family and are handed down from generation to generation.

The entire bundle is wrapped first in matting and then in skin and is worth about $200. It contains several ermine, the sacred animal of that tribe, medicine, herbs of various kinds charcoal tied in a skin bag, three war clubs, several flutes, fire-hearths and dagger sheath.

The only other bundle of this kind that is in the Wisconsin Museum at the present time belongs to the same tribe but to a different clan.



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