Juliette Kinzie's book, first published in 1856, provides an early narrative for colonizers who felt that the native culture should be respected and protected. This book shares the stories and interactions between her family and the Winnebago people. Details below.
By Juliette Kinzie
Juliette Kinzie, born Juliette August Magill, was a keen observer of everything around her. She wrote Wau-bun as a narrative of the significant years between 1830 and 1833, during which time her husband, John Kinzie, the Indian agent for the Winnebago people, disbursed the annuity payments for the lands relinquished in treaties. Her descriptions of daily incidents and major events include the sights, sounds, and scents of her experiences with the Winnebago people. The Kinzies shared a true affection for the native people and their culture, and preserves the important history through this autobiography.