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Watchekee (Overseer): Walking in Two Cultures [Paperback]

George Godfrey

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May 1 2013
Watchekee to some is the 'Pochantas' of the Midwest. To others, Watchekee is a mystical and romantic figure. In reality, she was a Potawatomi (Great Lakes area American Indian) woman victimized by the 'Indian-Trader World' that sought to exploit land and its natural resources. What happened to Watchekee? What is mythical and what is historically accurate about her? Through the study of tribal documents along with archival governmental and church records coupled with oral family history, her life and the events around her life are revealed. Spurred by apparent emotions and undaunted by her personal tragedies, she ignored the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and often left her homes in 'Council Bluffs' of western Iowa and in northeastern Kansas. On several occasions, she returned to her roots in Illinois. Watchekee later was part of the vanguard of Potawatomi who moved from Kansas to the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1872. Watchekee and the small group that she was with started life anew on yet another reservation. Today, the area is the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (May 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484868900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484868904
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,238,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

George Godfrey's career spans Lepidoptera research (Illinois Natural History Survey and University of Illinois), college teaching and administration (Haskell Indian Nations University) and national leadership in the development of agricultural science and research programs by the Tribal Colleges and Universities (USDA). Upon retirement, he turned to writing. Recent endeavors include Once a Grass Widow and Cheyenne Oil. His Potawatomi culture, ancestry and history are dominant parts of his life. He is president of the Potawatomi Trail of Death Association and is integrally involved in studying the forced removal of his tribe from the Great Lakes area. He strives to pass on his knowledge through his writings, public speaking and tribal dancing. His dancing has been performed as far away as the Altai Republic in southern Siberia. He once was described as a "dust ball" because it is not known where he will appear next. Additionally, he substitute teaches and works along side his wife in landscaping their retirement home south of Athens, Illinois overlooking a tributary to the Sangamon River .

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