Ho-Chunk chief Spoon Decorah looks back over a long life.
Narrative of Spoon Decorah.
Ho-Chunk chief Spoon Decorah granted this interview to Reuben Gold Thwaites in March of 1887, when he was about 80 years old. Decorah recounts traditions about Tecumseh, his memory of the Winnebago War of 1827, and events surrounding the Black Hawk War. He also describes how the Ho-Chunk mined lead in southwestern Wisconsin in his youth, and how white settlement changed the lives of the Ho-Chunk, including their removal west of the Mississippi and ultimate return to their homelands.