Meskwaki Anthology

This collection of articles, papers, and other writings provides a starting point for those who want to learn more about the Meskwaki. A rich body of literature exists and new scholarship continues to add to our comprehension of what it means to be Meskwaki. A complete bibliography is available but here is a sampler of perspectives on the tribe from the cultural historians, archaeologists, journalists, legal experts, anthropologists, travelers, and the Meskwaki themselves.

Image at right from A. F. Fulton, The Red Men of Iowa. Des Moines: Mills & Co., 1882.

 

Bennett, Mary. "Indians and the Land," chapter from An Iowa Album: A Photographic History of Iowa, 1860-1920, University of Iowa Press, 1990.

Bennett, Mary. "Meskwaki Code Talkers," Iowa Heritage Illustrated, Summer 2003.

Buffalo, Johnathan L. "A Collection of Observations Relating to the Meskwaki Tribe," Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, January 2004.

Buffalo, Johnathan L. "Atti," Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, Notes from the desk of Johnathan L. Buffalo, 2003. This article ran in the Meskwaki Tribal Newsletter on January 31, 2003.

Buffalo, Johnathan L. "Baseball," Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, Notes from the desk of Johnathan L. Buffalo, 2002. This article ran in the Meskwaki Tribal Newsletter on April 19, 2002.

Buffalo, Johnathan L. "Green Corn Dance to Annual Powwow: A History of the Annual Meskwaki Powwow," student paper written for Professor Malcolm Rohrbough, University of Iowa, December 1979. Buffalo Papers, Special Collections, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City.

Buffalo, Johnathan L. "Horse," Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, Notes from the desk of Johnathan L. Buffalo, 2003.

Buffalo, Johnathan L. "The Stone House," Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, Notes from the desk of Johnathan L. Buffalo, 2003.

Buffalo, Johnathan L. "The Tribe's South Farm Property," Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, Notes from the desk of Johnathan L. Buffalo, 2002. This article ran in the Meskwaki Tribal Newsletter on September 20, 2002.

Buffalo, Johnathan L. "Treaty of 1842," Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, Notes from the desk of Johnathan L. Buffalo (history panels), 1990s.

Buffalo, Johnathan L. "Tribal Community Pattern," Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, Notes from the desk of Johnathan L. Buffalo, 2003.

Collins, James M. "A Meskwaki Mine in the Upper Mississippi River Lead District,"  Paper presented at the 2004 Joint Meeting of the Midwest Archaeological Conference and the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, October 22, 2004. Office of the State Archaeologist-The University of Iowa.

Keahna, Sophilia. "William Jones," Historical Preservation Office, Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, April 1998.

Keysor, Angela. "Emergence of a Distinct Legal Identity From the Forces of Assimilation: The Mesquakie Indians and the Fight for Citizenship, 1842-1912," student paper for Professor Malcolm Rohrbough, University of Iowa, December 2002. Special Collections, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City.

Michelson, Truman. "Autobiography of a Fox Woman," 40th Annual Report Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution for the Years 1918-1919, pp. 291-349.

Musgrove, Jack W. and Mary R. "Wacochachi's Talking Paper," Annals of Iowa, Vol. 42, 1974.

Purcell, L. Edward. "The Meskwaki Indian Settlement in 1905," The Palimpsest, March/April 1974.

Swaim, Ginalie. "'Clothe Yourself in Fine Apparel': Mesquakie Costume in Word, Image, and Artifact," The Palimpsest, Summer 1991.

Torrence, Gaylord. "Wacochachi's Drawing," The Palimpsest, Summer 1988.