Early Life among the Indians
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In 1840 Armstrong took up his residence among the Indians of northern Wisconsin, learned the Ojibwe language, and became a well-known interpreter. He won their friendship by respecting traditional life and culture, and was welcomed into the family of the most respected leader of the Lake Superior bands, Ke-Che-Waish-Ke, or Great Buffalo (1759?-1855). In 1852 he accompanied Great Buffalo and other chiefs to Washington, D.C., to plead against the proposed forced relocation of the Ojibwe west of the Mississippi. The mission was successful: a meeting between the elderly Ojibwe chief and President Millard Fillmore brought a reversal of the removal order of 1849. Through his connections with Chief Buffalo's family, Armstrong had access to leaders of all the Ojibwe bands. His book contains their recollections of battles with Sioux adversaries, memoirs of the Sandy Lake tragedy, accounts of the crucial treaty councils that defined modern Ojibwe life, the arrival of miners and loggers
- Armstrong, Benjamin G., 1820-1900
- Recollection Wisconsin
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- Wisconsin Historical Society
- Press of A.W. Bowron
- Native Americans
Clothing and dress
Indians of North America Government relations
Rites and ceremonies
Trails and paths
Forest products industry
- Ashland, Wis.
Ashland County; Bayfield County; Iowa County; Iron County; Jackson County;
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- Armstrong, Benjamin G., 1820-1900. Early Life among the Indians. 1833-1875. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/tp/id/56005. (Accessed May 31, 2020.)
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- Armstrong, Benjamin G., 1820-1900, (1833-1875) Early Life among the Indians. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/tp/id/56005
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- Armstrong, Benjamin G., 1820-1900. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/tp/id/56005>.