History of the Winneshiek's: 18th Century

My great-great-great-grandfather's name was MaWalaga. He had four sons. One of his sons was my great-great-grandfather WakonchawKooga, or "Coming Thunder." My great-great-grandfather is depicted third from the left (sitting) in the photograph below titled WakonchawKooga (photograph obtained from the Smithsonian Institution).


My great-great-grandfather, WakonchawKooga, was designated as Chief of the Ho-Chunks in 1845. He fought on the British side in the War of 1812. WakonchawKooga was known for his kindness and intelligence. He was of medium build, had a black mustache with chin whiskers, and wore dark glasses. My great-great-grandmother was HejawSouhiwinga, or "Grey Eyes Lady," of the Snake Clan.

The following is an excerpt from W. E. Alexander's "History of Winneshiek County, Iowa," published in 1882 regarding WakonchawKooga (on page 23):

"He was an Indian of remarkable ability, intelligence, and good sense, tall, straight, well developed, and fine looking, and confided in and trusted the whites, whom he seemed to thoroughly respect as they did him, and could speak the English language tolerably well. Judge Murdock and others, who were acquainted with him, and who have heard him deliver several speeches, were much impressed with his ability and oratorical genius. His face would light up with the fires of excitement; tone and gesture would add to the effect of his words; and the effect on his hearers was thrilling and powerful."

WakonchawKooga had five sons and one daughter. One of his sons was my great-grandfather KonshogiwayKa, or "Flying Low Clouds." His Christian name was John Winneshiek. My great-grandfather is depicted on the left in the photograph below titled KonshogiwayKa (photograph obtained from the Smithsonian Institution). KonshogiwayKa (John Winneshiek) died at the age of 98 on July 18, 1931.


KonshogiwayKa had twelve children. One of his sons was my grandfather NahiSonwahika, or "Terrifying Them" (as the lightning terrifies people). His Christian name was William Phineus Winneshiek.

Go to next page to learn about my grandfather NahiSonwahika.

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