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Object ID 004503

Object Name Wheeling History Full Of Indians,Folklor

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Collection Museum Collection

Accession # 20170518.113342.01

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Category Newspaper Clippings/Articles


Source Category Staff Research

Accession Date MAY 18,2017


Location M-Shelf 01

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Object Keywords Miami Confederation,Potawatomie Indians,Potawatomie,Indians,1833,Illini,Man-doz-it,Mr. Sweet,ratification,treaty,Col. Thomas J. V. Owen,blacksmith,Mr. Strong,0000,

Title Wheeling History Full Of Indians,Folklor






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Date MAY 26,2017


Date JAN 1,1883

Notes From the plains of prairie grass, inhabited, by the Miami Confederation and Potawatomie Indians, Wheeling has developed into plains of concrete inhabited by 13,700 people. The history of Wheeling begins with the Indians who lived, in the area for 64 years before white men settled here in 1833., The Miami Indians, the first to settle in the area, were mild-mannered and polite, according to early French explorers: The Miamis' are related to the Illini, a tribe farther downstate. After the Miamis were driven westward; the Potawatomies took over the Wheeling area. They were stationary hunters and farmers whose staple crop was maize. Travelers in the area described the Potawatomies as more humane than other tribes in the area. Many of the Potawatomies eventually became Christians, but it the same time tribe's had Man-doz-it and, an evil, Spirit. They continue to worship those same gods today. EACH OF THE nine Potawatomie tribes has one medicine man who works with the evil spirits, a Man-doz-it. The Man-doz-it gave up his chance of eternal salvation for power in his life on earth, folklore says. When one Man-doz-it dies, another young man is found , who will sell his soul to the devil. "And they always find himfor such are the powers of darkness," says the legend. The Man-doz-it keeps his evil spirit in a bag he wears on his chest. His identity is a closely guarded secret of the tribe. IF AN INDIAN wanted to have an enemy destroyed, a fine horse would –exchange hands--today more than $300 changes hands. Later is his life, when facing death himself, the Man-doz-it may wish to atone for all the evil he has committed. "But he took his fateful step long ago, and there is no way by which he can escape the consequences of that step.... For More,Click Here