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Bertha Haksígaxų́nųga (Greengrass) Blackdeer (1916 - 2009)

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Bertha Haksígaxų́nųga Blackdeer formerly Greengrass
Born in Komensky, Jackson, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] in Black River Falls, Jackson, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Black River Falls, Jackson, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 21 Feb 2020 | Created 7 Oct 2019
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Bertha (Greengrass) Blackdeer was a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk tribe.

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Biography

Bertha was born in 1917. She is the daughter of Edwin Greengrass and Jennie Blackhawk.

Name

In the 1920 census, her name is given as HaukSeGoHoNoGa, which is for Haksígaxų́nųga, "Fifth Born Daughter."

Life

"Bertha Greengrass Blackdeer, of Black River Falls, WI was 93 years of age when she passed into the Spirit World, at Black River Memorial Hospital under care of Black River Memorial Hospice. In addition to her husband, Irvin Blackdeer, Sr., Bertha was preceded in death by two sons, Irvin Blackdeer Jr. and Oliver R. Blackdeer; an infant daughter; a grand-daughter, Renee Blackdeer; a brother, Edwin Greengrass; and two sisters, Ruth Cloud and Rose Greengrass.

Bertha Greengrass was born in the Town of Komensky, Jackson County, to Edward and Jenny (Blackhawk) Greengrass. She was raised in the Black River Falls area; in addition, she lived in Wisconsin Dells, Hayward and Oneida. She married Irvin Blackdeer Sr. in Black River Falls; he preceded her into the Spirit World.

She wove and sold Indian baskets and made beaded Ho-Chunk hairpieces. Bertha was a member of the Wisconsin Folk Arts Board and served as a master instructor. She was a member of the Native American Church of North America. Bertha enjoyed bingo, canning grapes, making baskets, bead work, Ho-Chunk crafts, watching soap operas on television, baking and Pow-Wow music."

Burial

"Native American services were held Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, 1 p.m. at Ho-Chunk District One Community Center, Black River Falls. Burial was in the Trempealeau Public Cemetery, Trempealeau. Buswell Funeral Home of Black River Falls assisted the family with arrangements."

She is buried in Trempealeau Cemetery, Trempealeau, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, USA.

Sources

  • Find a Grave, Memorial ID: 177998302.
  • 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. November 1905; Roll: M595_671; Line: 2.
  • 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. 1920; Roll: M595_168; Page: 25; Line: 14; Agency: Grand Rapids.
  • Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson, Co. WI.) August 12, 2009.


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