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George Wakąjanįka Winneshiek (1844 - bef. 1911)

George Wakąjanįka Winneshiek
Born in Wisconsin Territory, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died before before age 67 [location unknown]
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George was born in 1844. He was the son of Coming Thunder Winneshiek. He passed away before 1911.


The name given in the 1905 Indian Census was Wau Con Chaw Nee Kah, which is for Wakąjanįka. This name comes from Wakąja, "Thunderbird"; nįk, "Little"; and -ka, a definite article suffix used in personal names. The name therefore means, "Little Thunderbird," and is a Thunderbird Clan name.


Waggoner (47, nt. 94) says, "Hounka was likely Coming Thunder Winneshiek’s brother, not son. Winneshiek’s father, who died in 1848, was Chief Mawaragah Winneshiek. He had four sons, only two of whom were well known: Coming Thunder, the eldest, and Short Wing. His other sons were probably Hounka or “Hoon kaw” and Ben Winneshiek. Coming Thunder in turn had three sons whose English names were John, George, and Little Winneshiek. Hughes thought that George might have been Hounka, but I disagree, because he was too young. The 1857 annuity rolls (101) show the following consecutive heads of family: Nau he Kaw [or fourth-born son, probably Ben Winneshiek]; Winnoshik [Coming Thunder]; Hoon Kaw; Wau sho pe we kaw [Coming Thunder’s mother]. Hau kaw kaw [or third-born son, who was probably “Ha-ya-ka-kay,” brother of “Hoon kaw,” otherwise known as Short Wing.



Thank you Richard Dieterle for the initial research into and creation of this profile.

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