Čiahąpk’awįga was born about 1830. The censuses ascribe various extremely advanced ages to her, but the almost universal habit of old people at the time was to exaggerate their age, so no confidence at all can be placed in what the censuses say about her date of birth.
The name given consistently in the censuses is Che-ah-hap-ka-win-kah" which seems to be for Čiahąpk’awįga, from ci, "lodge"; hahąp, "becoming sunlight"; k’a, a rare word meaning, "to shine"; -wį-, a feminine gender infix; and -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names.
She indicated from time to time in the censuses that she had been married to various men. In the 1904 census she described herself as "Mrs. George Lamb." In the 1905 and 1906 censuses, she was "Mrs. Old Sun." When her neighbor John Cloud was widowed, she married him and they lived together for a time. (1897, 1898 censuses)
She probably died in 1906 or 1907, since she is not mentioned in the 1907 census.