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Ella Wakąjapįwįga Blackhawk (1886)

Ella Wakąjapįwįga Blackhawk
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Ella was Ho-Chunk.




The name given by Jipson (241) is Wakanjapinwinka which is for Wakąjapįwįga. This name is from, Wakąja, "Thunderbird"; , "good"; -wį-, an infix indicating feminine gender; and -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names. The name therefore means, "Good Thunderbird Woman."

In the 1905 census, her name is given as "Ella," and recorded as the wife of Charles Greengrass.


“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_man, and Wakanjapinwinka (The good thunder woman), born 1886, married Charles Greengrass and lives at Trempealeau, Wisconsin.” (Jipson, 241)


  • Norton William Jipson, Story of the Winnebagoes (Chicago: The Chicago Historical Society, 1923). This is an unpublished typescript.

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