Saturday, June 13, 2015

Peace Pipes, Battle Axes, War Clubs

by Delores Miller

 The Potawatomi Indians  resided in the Township of Dupont (Wisconsin)  from 1863-1940.  Eighty acres of land in sections 26 and 27.  The name Chap-au-dack was on the title, who, legend says was the son of Chief Waupaca.   The 1870 census of Dupont lists Chapuadock, squaw, children Keekepa, Micheline, Cheeone, Joseph, John, Souqua, his squaw.  Other Indians were listed, so there must have been a large village located in Dupont, with neighbors of Elsworth, Witt, Quimby, DeVaud and Palmer.  After John Shopodock died in 1940 the land was sold to the late William and Minnie Schoneck.  The Shopodock  log and frame homes slowly settled into dust.

Legend says that Chap-au-dack or Shopodock's English name was Sam Wapuka or Chief Waupaca.  Sam had two wives, an Indian squaw and a red-haired white woman.  From these he had many children, including two sons whose names were Shopodock and Hangkoot.

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