Indian Versions of Some Early Wisconsin Events
William Powell's Recollections
The son of a Green Bay fur trader, William Powell grew up at Butte des Morts where his father had built a permanent home in 1827. His childhood was spent on intimate terms with the Menominee; he knew their chiefs Grizzly Bear, Souligny, Oshkosh and Iometah, and he accompanied some of them to Washington, D.C., to protest the tribe's removal. He records here their traditions of some key events in early Wisconsin history, such as the 18th-century Fox Wars and the War of 1812, as well as his own experiences in the Black Hawk War, at treaty negotiations, and in the fur trade.