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Nibosh [Humble Death or Twisted Head]


A warrior of great distinction among the Wabash Potawatomi of Indiana, Neeboash was a veteran of the Battle of Tippecanoe (1811) and the greater War of 1812. His name, translated as Humble Death, indicated both his prowess in battle and physical appearance due to the numerous injuries he sustained. After being captured and scalped during an inter-tribal conflict, Neeboash was commonly outfitted in various types of headwear in an attempt to conceal his disfigurement. But it may have been the Battle of Tippecanoe and ensuing events that bolstered such an intimidating name.

Citations

Cooke, Sarah E. and Rachel B. Ramadhyani. 1993. Indians and a Changing Frontier: The Art of George Winter

Clifton, James A. 1998. The Prairie People: Continuity and Change in Potawatomi Indian Culture, 1665-1965

Kappler, Charles J. 1904. Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, II

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