24.000 x 18.000 x 1.000 inches
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Mushrooming At Treaty Rock
Painting - Acrylic On Masonite
I don't want to give away my mushrooming site but this is a rock referred to as FLAT ROCK or TREATY ROCK in Miami County. A very interesting spot with many stories attached to it. When moved to Peru,I was told it was the location where all the of natives in that area came together to make a treaty among themselves to not war. But other stories abound as follows:
Miami County Indiana
Indian Chiefs and Treaties
Early Miami Chiefs—Little Turtle—John B. Richardville—Legend Of How He Became Chief—His Characteristics—Tribal organizations—War Chiefs—Shepoconah—Francis Godfroy—How He Was Chosen War Chief—His Family—His Death And Will— Gabriel Godfroy—Pottawatomi Chiefs—Treaties With The Pottawatomi—Treaties With The Miamis—Full Text Of The Great Treaty Of 1838—Schedule Of Indian Land Grants—Treaty Of 1840—The White Man In Possession.
Little is known of the Miami chiefs prior to July 3, 1748. On that date a treaty was concluded at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, between the chiefs of several tribes on one side and commissioners appointed by the English colonial authorities on the other. In this treaty, which was merely one of peace and friendship, the name of A-gue-nack-gue appears as principal chief of the Miamis. At that time he lived at Turtle village, a few miles northeast of the present city of Fort Wayne.
Two other Miami chiefs from the Wabash country also signed the treaty, which lasted until after the establishment of the United States government.
Aguenackgue married a Mohican woman, according to the Indian custom, and one of their sons was Me-she-ke-no-quah, or Little Turtle, who was born at Turtle village about 1747, and who became principal chief of the Miami nation upon the death of his father. About the time he succeeded to the chieftainship his tribe was regarded as the leading one in the West. His people were brave and fearless, were considered more intelligent than those of the surrounding tribes, lived in better habitations, possessed a greater degree of self respect, and were more careful in their dress and habits. To be the principal chief of this great tribe, one must have both physical and intellectual powers of a high order.
Little Turtle was not lacking in any of the essential qualifications. From his mother he inherited many of the superior qualities of the Mohicans. Agile and athletic, his physical ability was not to be questioned for a moment. As a youth his influence was made manifest on numerous occasions, and even the older warriors listened with respect when he presented his views in council. After he became chief, not only his own tribe, but also others of the Miami confederacy, acknowledged him as their great leader and followed him without the slightest envy or jealousy. No military academy taught him the art of war, but in the management of any army he showed the skill of a Napoleon. His prowess in this line is seen in the masterly manner in which he conducted the assault on General St. Clair's army, November 4, 1791.- Not until he met General Wayne, whom he designated as "the man who never sleeps," did Little Turtle acknowledge defeat. He was likewise a statesman, as well as a warrior, and was a conspicuous figure in the negotiation of several of the early treaties with the United States. Having once affixed his signature to a treaty, his honor would not permit him to violate its stipulations, and by this means, he won the confidence and esteem of the whites. General George Washington, while president of the United States, presented him with a medal and a handsome sword, which were buried with him at Fort Wayne, where he died on July 14, 1812. He was buried by the white people with honors, a monument was erected over his grave, and it was said of him that "he never offered or received a bribe.'' full text on website
May 22nd, 2013
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