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Title To all whom it may concern the chiefs of the Ottawa Tribe of Indians at L’Arbre-Croche, Little Traverse and elsewhere & of the Chippewas residing near Mackinac in council assembled [manuscript]: to Augustin Hamelin Jr. greeting: appointment, 1835 May 3
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Contemporary copy of a document appointing Augustin Hamelin, Jr., head chief, done May 3, 1835, at a council of Ottawa and Ojibwa chiefs at Little Traverse, Michigan. The document contains the totems and names of the chiefs sanctioning the appointment.
Names Hamelin, Augustin, Jr
Places L’Arbre-Croche, Little Traverse, Mackinac, Michigan, United States
Keywords chief, council, totem
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Augustin Hamelin, Jr., also known as Kanapima, was one of three Ottawa children selected in 1825 to attend Catholic school in Cincinnati, Ohio. After continuing his studies at Urban College in Rome, Italy, Hamelin returned in 1835 to teach and to negotiate with the U.S. government to prevent the removal of the Ottawas across the Mississippi. At that time the Ottawas and Ojibwas appointed Hamelin head chief for the tribes of the lower Michigan peninsula, the straits of Mackinac, and the Manistique River.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 669
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue