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On the cover: No photographs of Chief Poweshiek are thought to exist, but this painting, in Thomas McKenney and James Hall's "History of the Indian Tribes of North America" is the most iconic image of the legendary Meskwaki chief.

On the cover: No photographs of Chief Poweshiek are thought to exist, but this painting, in Thomas McKenney and James Hall’s “History of the Indian Tribes of North America” is the most iconic image of the legendary Meskwaki chief.

Volume 6, Issue No. 6, November/December 2014

 

One of the most important Native American leaders on the Iowa frontier during the 1830s and 1840s was Meskwaki Chief Poweshiek, who was also known as “the roused bear.” Poweshiek faced a multitude of political challenges during his leadership of the Meskwaki tribe from 1830 to 1854 by Thomas Burnell Colbert.

 

Do you know about the Des Moines woman who became known as the “Rosa Parks of Iowa?” Jessica Lowe writes about the Civil Rights pioneer Edna Griffin.

 

Arvid Husmann shares his memories about the best Christmas tree he had ever seen in Iowa Country Roads.

 

Read about the adventures of Duke Nelson, Fort Dodge’s world champion swimmer who was born to swim, and determined to win by Alan F. Nelson.

 

Michael Swanger reports on Bob and Sheila Everhart’s incredible efforts to preserve Iowa’s musical heritage at the Pioneer Music Museum and Oak Tree Opry in Anita.

 

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