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1910 Excerpt: ...tongues. Many incidents of Shavehead's
vindictiveness are related. A fter the mail stages had begun to run
on the Chicago road, Shavehead, claiming the rights of his people
as proprietors of the soil, established himself at a ferry of St
Joseph r., near Mottville, and demanded tribute from every one who
crossed, especially the settlers who were compelled to use this
route to the nearest grist mill. Finally, exasperated beyond
endurance, one of the settlers caught the Indian unaware and
administered a severe leating, which had the effect of curing his
depredations, but making him more sullen. He is described in his
old age as being tall and erect, quite dark, and with not a hair on
his head. Both a lake and a prairie bear his name. Several stories
are told Of the manner of Shavehead's death, but they can not be
substantiated. One is that the old chief, while boasting of his
part in the massacre at Ft Dearborn, Chicago, in 1812, was
recognized by a surviving soldier, who followed him out of the
village, and, it is supposed, murdered him. Another account states
that after significantly saying that there was no longer game
enough for both the Indian and the white man, he was killed by a
white hunter who had been his companion on many hunting
expeditions. The last and more probable story is that he died,
enfeebled by age and poverty, and was buried in a hollow log in the
forest. Settlers visited his grave and severed his head from his
body, and his skull was said in 1889 to be in the collection of the
pioneers of Van Buren co. One of Shavehead's sons died in prison
under a life sentence for murder. See Coll. Mich. Pion. and Hist.
Soc, v, 1884; xiv, 1890; xxvm, 1900. (f.s.n.) Shawakhtau. The name,
in the Yaudanchi dialect of Yokuts, of a place on Tuler., Cal.,
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