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Traditions of DE-COO-DAH

William Pidgeon

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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00" x 9.00"
  • ISBN: 0-9703985-8-1
  • Publication Date: 2005-12-01
  • Hayriver Press

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Traditions of DE-COO-DAH

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Originally published in 1858, Traditions of DE-COO-DAH is William Pidgeon's chronicle of befriending an Indian named De-coo-dah, last of the Elk Clan from Northern Iowa and Southwestern Wisconsin. After a mutual trust is accomplished, De-coo-dah takes Pidgeon on a walking tour of his ancestors’ city sites and ceremonial earthworks. Pidgeon surveys, records data and illustrates most of the locations. Today, one can use De-coo-dah’s directions on the Wisconsin River and the Mississippi River and actually locate earthworks still standing after all these ages past. A fantastic read and window into old Wisconsin and its river systems.

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William Pidgeon

Born outside of Columbus, Ohio in 1818, William Pidgeon traveled extensively throughout the Mississippi Valley in the first half of the 19th Century, where he surveyed many Native American earthworks before their disappearance under the farmer’s plow.

In his 52nd year, Pidgeon was murdered by Indians who took offense to his work.