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Shawnees in Illinois

Vinyard Indian Settlement: In 1810, 80 Kispoko Shawnee crossed the river and hid to avoid white militia. They are still on Karber’s Ridge, Hardin County, Illinois, including High Knob, near Cave-in-Rock—also close to Old Shawneetown, a Piqua Shawnee settlement—my Shawnee family settled in Old Shawneetown about 1863.

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You don’t mess with Shawnee warriors! Tecumseh’s crew.

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Kwas’ kamawe: Shawnee ceremonial football game is still played in conjunction with the Spring Bread Dance. Women and girls against men and boys. Males can only kick the ball—females can pick it up and run with it. Ribbons are bet. To score you put the ball through your opponent’s goal.

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Out of the Ashes

The Pekowi AKA Piqua (Man Who Arose from the Ashes) was one of the Shawnees septs. They moved frequently: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Illinois.  They currently reside on the Absentee Shawnee Reservation in Oklahoma, the Piqua Sept Shawnee of Ohio, and the Piqua Shawnee of Alabama. My Shawnee ancestors lived in Columbiana, Ohio along the Pennsylvania border, and moved to Shawneetown, Illinois, settled by the Pekowi. [site of town of Piqua, pole. Battle of Piqua, 1780]

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Shawnee warrior!

Don’t mess with Shawnee warriors. This British officer will soon wish he’d stayed in London. The British had a hard time figuring out that Indians didn’t stand in lines and fight. (Disease decimated Indians, not British troops)

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Vanished village

1812 Shawnee village: I am looking for the location of Muscatatuck, the name meaning something like Marshy people, name applied to the village and to the river. Their warriors may have participated in the 1812 Pigeon Roost Massacre. They may have had several villages in Jennings County, Indiana, also one at Oard Springs, Scott County.

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Big Jim (1834-about 1905) AKA Wapameepto, “Gives light as he walks” was a grandson of Tecumseh. The Big Jim Band, Kispoko Shawnee, settled in Oklahoma and became half of the Absentee Shawnee. Possibly the last great Shawnee traditionalist.

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Lady with no name

I am trying to understand my own family. 2021: 3rd great grandmother Sydonia Lydia Burcaw 1809-1870 —parents: William Henry Burcaw and Shawnee Native American woman (born 1750 New York. Died March 17, 1839 Westerville, Franklin County Ohio) They know where she’s buried but they can’t be bothered giving her a name?

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Tecumseh’s People

Absentee-Shawnee tribal headquarters is in Shawnee, Oklahoma, with 4,500 members. Two bands formed reservation: Big Jim Band, Li-Si-Wi-Nwi, mostly Kispoko, in Little Axe near Norman. White Turkey Band, near Shawnee. Three Septs (divisions) Hathawekela, Kispokotha, and Pekuwe, are represented, including Tecumseh’s descendants.

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Council House of the Kispoko Shawnee on the Hog Greek Reservation, Shawnee Township, Allen County, Ohio. This is Tecumseh’s people, and he no doubt met here. (though not recognized by the federal government, Shawnee still live on the Hog Creek Reservation)

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