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Belle Ahusojerawįga Blackhawk (1880 - 1930)

Belle Ahusojerawįga Blackhawk
Born in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1915 in Nebraska, United Statesmap
Died in Tomah, Monroe, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Oct 2019
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Belle was Ho-Chunk.




Belle was born in 1880 in Wisconsin to James Wągᵋnaroskaga Blackhawk and Wihąnįka (Winneshiek) Blackhawk .


The name given by Jipson (241) is Ahosojwaywinka, which is for Ahusojerawįga, "She Whose Feathers are Worn." The word ahu means "feathers"; -wį-, is an infix indicating feminine gender; and -ga, is a definite article suffix used in personal names. The remaining portion of the name, sojera, is only found embedded in the word sojeraíreną, "they became worn out" (sojera-íre-ną, where -ire is the third person plural suffix, and -ną, terminates a clause or sentence known to be true from the speaker's own experience). So Ahu-sojera-wį-ga means, "She Whose Feathers are Worn Out."


“The sons of Wanknaroskaka or James Blackhawk were Nojumbka, meaning The thunder who strikes the tree or John Blackhawk and Wakjagohoyka, (Returning with victory), Albert Black hawk, died July 1912, at age 20. The daughters are Chimkananewinka (She who goes on the village) born 1875 married Edwin Greengrass; Ahosojwaywinka (She whose feathers are worn) born 1881, married Arthur Cas[i]man, and Wakanjapinwinka (The good thunder woman), born 1886, married Charles Greengrass and lives at Trempealeau, Wisconsin.” (Jipson, 241)


Belle died June 2, 1930, of gallstones and inflamation of the bladder. At the time she was living at the Tomah Indian School Agency, Tomah, Wisconsin.


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