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Wamąksgawįga (White Breast Woman) Little Priest (abt. 1820 - abt. 1888)

Wamąksgawįga Little Priest formerly White Breast Woman
Born about [location unknown]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about 1851 [location unknown]
Mother of
Died about at about age 68 [location unknown]
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Wamąksgawįga was Ho-Chunk.




Wamąksgawįga was born about 1820.


Her name has been rendered variously as Wa-nuc-ska-win-kaw and Wanuckshawinkaw. (Waggoner) These are Hocąk versions of her translated name, "White Breast Woman." They represent Wamąksgawįga, from wamąk, "breast, chest"; sga, ska, "white"; -wį-, a feminine gender infix; -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names. This is an attested Bear Clan name.


Her first marriage was to Little Priest with whom she had a son, Walking Priest. (Waggoner)

She later married Henry Frenchman Decora. "Mrs. Henry Decora [Wanuckshawinkaw] was a single woman at the time of her death. She had been deserted by her husband who went to Wisconsin with another woman." (Waggoner, citing Regional Archives of Winnebago Agency, roll 87)


In 1893, Walking Priest inherited land from his mother, Mrs. Henry Decora (Wa nuc ska win kaw): NE/4 of SE/4 & the SW of the SW 12-26-5 and the SW of the NE & the NW of the SE 14-26-5. (Waggoner, citing Winnebago Allotments, page 19)


She passed away about 1888.


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