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Description: "Sun-go-waw." AMs, handwritten, 4 p. Sun-go-waw, although not mentioned in the treaties made between Pepper and the Potawatamis, was nonetheless an important man, and was one of the leaders made prisoner at the Catholic Mission at Twin Lakes during the emigration of 1838.
Bishop Brute preached to the converted Potawatamis at their camp at Horney's Mill near Eel River after their second day's march, in Oct. 1838. Many had been converted to Catholicism through the zealous efforts of Father Petit. The sight was most picturesque, with the brightly dressed Indians among the trees. Sun-go-waw was one of these converts, and acted as Petit's interpreter. Petit felt he was intelligent and very eloquent (as Petit could understand the Potawatami language). G.W. met Petit only a couple of times during the gathering preceding the emigration. Petit was saddened at the forced emigration, but was threatened with arrest if he persisted in opposing it. He died during the journey. Sun-go-waw and other chiefs were carried as prisoners in wagons at the head of the column. After a week, he was released and sent back to Logansport with a message from General Morgan to General Tipton. George Winter saw Sun-go-waw as he came into Logansport; he left the next day with an answer from Tipton and rejoined the emigration.
Created By: Winter, George, 1810-1876;
Publisher: Tippecanoe County Historical Association
Collection: George Winter
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Subjects: Indians of North America--Indiana
Emigration & immigration
Tribal chiefs

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