This project has been on-going for years(of course)with love and personal needs. It proves interesting and amazing at the discoveries to find whom you might be. The twists and turns are as revealing as a roller coaster ride. It is little wonder that they spent so much time on all that begatting back in the Genesis of humans. Well here goes with what little I know since there seems to be some expressed interest in the stories that will somehow come together and reveal truths. "Ahdito, owesa lasemamamo", as we say in Shawaanwa, or "Kulamalsee! Hech?" in Lenapean. These are greetings in the languages that struck fear in the hearts of trespassing squatters in Moselopea. Most of us live in exile in the States of Oklahoma and Kansas today under the oppression of the Cherokees and the US. We only recently have been partially liberated.
I have been working on a book project for several years but with life and kids things don't progress as quickily as we would like. Most of what I know is from traditional oral traditions of being told to me by Father Simpson Dushane, Jr. aka Julie; great interest was sparked by Dr. Ralph Earles of Haskell Indian Juco in Lawrence Kansas; and by years of research and fortunate travels. Some has come to me by other relatives and their friends and some has evolved simply by Providence as the squatters usually referred to what I think Providence might really be.
Simpson Dushane, Sr. was my Grandfather and he was a full blooded Shawnee and his picture is in the book by Charles Bank Wilson-a family friend-In Search of the Pure Bloods. Simpson married Carrie Parker the Lenapean (Delaware) daughter of George Parker and his Delaware wife Mary and Grandmother Mary Bigfield, or Arcushapanaqua, (-from what I can make out they both were named Mary). She was the daughter of Big Field and Mary -her background is uncertain as to name but she evidently was also Lenape. Simpson Jr. was my Father and I love him so that I dedicate this to his memory. He was better known as "Julie" at the Quapaw, "Devil's promenade". Hopefully, his tales will be recorded in the book of some of those times. He went to Seneca Indian school and Chillocco. Oh what stories he had. His Grandpa was Franklin Dushane and I reckon that he too was quite a character. I have found pictures of him in the Craig County museum in Vinita,Ok. His Father was a David Dushane and I believe now that it must have been either Isaac or Caleb but using this service there seems to be a Caleb. They both were signers of the infamous May 10th Treaty between the United Tribe of Shawnee Indians and the United States which was needed badly by the US for the Kansas-Nebraska Act. To make things more confusing there was later another David Dushane who was Chief of the Eastern Band of Shawnee- I believe this is where Nancy comes in. I used to sell Sarah, I believe to be her daughter, a Grit newspaper in Miami, OK when I was about 12 years old. Well the story is interesting to me and it now appears that Tapalmawatah has made a way to share and tell us the things we would like to know. Neowa ! NAy input is welcome and check our website at http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/utsdi