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Walking Priest (abt. 1852 - 1928)

Walking Priest
Born about in near White Earth, Minnesota Territory, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Winnebago, Thurston, Nebraska, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 Jan 2020
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Walking was Ho-Chunk.




Walking Priest was born in 1855 near White Earth in Minnesota Territory. (Jipson, 234) He was the son of Hųgᵋxų́nųga Little Priest.


The name "Walking Priest" would be Hųgᵋmąnįga in Hocąk, but in the one case where a Hocąk name is given for him, he is called, Wank-shick-stock-hi-kaw, which is for Wąkšigᵋstokįga, "He Who Assembles the Men." This name is from wąkšik, "men, people, humans, Indians"; stokį, "to gather, assemble"; and -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names. Since this is not likely a clan name, it is probably an honorific name. Like his father, Walking Priest belonged to the Bear Clan.


The 1910 census records that at the time he had had four marriages. His known marriages are:

Name Birth Census Source
Big Winnebago Woman 1854 1896, 1897, 1898
Lizzie Blackhawk 1863 1889, 1900
Hinukago (for Hinųkąga) 1879 (m. 1907) 1910
Emma Blowsnake 1871 1917, 1919


The 1910 census shows that he owned a farm in the township of Merry in Thurston County, Nebraska.


He passed away on 7 May 1928, probably in Winnebago, Nebraska (1927-28 census), although Jipson says (234) that as of 1921 he had been living in Wisconsin. He is buried at the Winnebago Cemetery, Winnebago, Thurston County, Nebraska, USA. (Find a Grave)


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