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Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk   By: (1767-1838)

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MA KA TAI ME SHE KIA KIAK, OR BLACK HAWK,

By Black Hawk

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF

MA KA TAI ME SHE KIA KIAK,

OR

BLACK HAWK,

EMBRACING THE TRADITIONS OF HIS NATION, VARIOUS WARS IN WHICH HE HAS BEEN ENGAGED, AND HIS ACCOUNT OF THE CAUSE AND GENERAL HISTORY OF THE BLACK HAWK WAR OF 1832,

His Surrender, and Travels Through the United States.

DICTATED BY HIMSELF.

ANTOINE LECLAIR, U. S. INTERPRETER. J.B. PATTERSON, EDITOR AND AMANUENSIS.

ROCK ISLAND. ILLINOIS, 1833.

ALSO LIFE, DEATH AND BURIAL OF THE OLD CHIEF, TOGETHER WITH A History of the Black Hawk War, By J.B. PATTERSON, OQUAWKA, ILL, 1882.

Copyrighted by J.B. PATTERSON, 1882.

AS A TOKEN OF HIGH REGARD, I DEDICATE THIS VOLUME TO MY FRIEND, HON. BAILEY DAVENPORT, OF ROCK ISLAND, ILL.

AFFIDAVIT.

DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, SS. Be it remembered, that on this sixteenth day of November, Anno Domini eighteen hundred and thirty three, J.B. Patterson, of said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the title of which is in the words following, to wit:

"Life of Makataimeshekiakiak, or Black Hawk, embracing the Traditions of his Nation Indian Wars in which he has been engaged Cause of joining the British in their late War with America, and its History Description of the Rock River Village Manners and Customs Encroachments by the Whites contrary to Treaty Removal from his village in 1831. With an account of the Cause and General History of the Late War, his Surrender and Confinement at Jefferson Barracks, and Travels through the United States. Dictated by himself."

J.B. Patterson, of Rock Island, Illinois, Editor and Proprietor.

The right whereof he claims as author, in conformity with an act of Congress, entitled "An act to amend the several acts respecting copyrights." W.H. BROWN, Clerk of the District of Illinois

INDIAN AGENCY, ROCK ISLAND, October 16, 1833. I do hereby certify, that Makataimeshekiakiak, or Black Hawk, did call upon me, on his return to his people in August last, and expressed a great desire to have a History of his Life written and published, in order (as he said) "that the people of the United States, (among whom he had been traveling, and by whom he had been treated with great respect, friendship and hospitality,) might know the cause that had impelled him to acts as he had done, and the principles by which he was governed."

In accordance with his request, I acted as Interpreter; and was particularly cautious to understand distinctly the narrative of Black Hawk throughout and have examined the work carefully since its completion, and have no hesitation in pronouncing it strictly correct, in all its particulars.

Given under my hand, at the Sac and Fox agency, the day and date above written. ANTOINE LE CLAIR, U.S. Interpreter for the Sacs and Foxes.

ORIGINAL DEDICATION.

NE KA NA WEN.

MA NE SO NO OKE MAUT WAP PI MAK QUAI.

WA TA SAI WE YEU,

Ai nan ni ta co si ya quai, na katch ai she ke she he nack, hai me ka ti ya quai ke she he nack, ken e chawe he ke kai pec kien a cob, ai we ne she we he yen; ne wai ta sa mak ke kosh pe kai a poi qui wat. No ta wach pai pai ke se na mon nan ni yoo, ai ke kai na o pen. Ni me to sai ne ni wen, ne ta to ta ken ai mo he man ta ta que, ne me to sai ne ne wen.

Nin a kai ka poi pon ni chi cha yen, kai ka ya ha ma we pa she to he yen. Kai na ya kai nen ne naip, he nok ki nok ke cha kai ya pai no yen ne ket te sim mak o ke te wak ke o che, me ka ti ya quois na kach mai quoi, a que qui pa che qui ke kan ni ta men nin... Continue reading book >>




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