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William Mą’ųga Big Fire (1860)

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William Mą’ųga Big Fire
Born [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1888 in Winnebago, Thurston, Nebraska, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified 21 Feb 2020 | Created 26 Sep 2019
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William Big Fire was a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk tribe.


William was born in 1860.

His HoChunk name was rendered as Mah-oo-Kaw, which would be properly transliterated as Mą’ųga. can mean "earth," or "arrow"; ’ų means "to make, to do, to be"; and -ga is the standard suffix, a definite article, used in forming personal names. So the name can be interpreted as "Earth-maker," which is a term for cultivators (farmers); or it can be understood as "Arrow-maker." The name "Big Fire" should be a patronym inherited from his father. In HoChunk this would be Pejᵋraxetega. This is probably an Upper Moiety name.


  • 30 Jun 1891, Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595, 692 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Year: 1891; Roll: M595_311; Page: 14; Line: 6; Agency: Winnebago.

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