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 hardcover edition shares the stories and interactions between her family and the Winnebago people.
First published in 1856, Wau-Bun endures as a fascinating and indispensable firsthand account of the ‘early day’ in the frontier Midwest. The volume also poignantly serves as a catalyst for deeper consideration of the crucial lessons of history that we dare not forget.
The Historic Indian Agency House, Portage, Wisconsin, was the home of the author from 1832-1833, and as such, it uniquely and powerfully provides the physical setting for the historical drama of Wau-Bun. The history happened here. Proceeds from the Historic Preservation Edition will contribute to the continuing preservation of this important historic site for the benefit of future generations.
Discover the rest of the story in the Historic Preservation Edition:
- The resilience of the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Nation in the face of trauma and suffering after their forced removal from their homeland
- The endeavors of the Kinzies after leaving Fort Winnebago in 1833
- The story of the rescue and restoration of the Indian Agency House during the Great Depression (...now a museum since 1932)
- The Historic Preservation Edition also features an introduction and footnotes by early 20th century historian Louise Phelps Kellogg.
- Release Date: 2021
- Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
- This edition made possible by a grant from the Cissy VD Bryson Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
- Size: 8.5" x 5.5" x 1.2"
- Pages: 462
- Hardcover with paper dust jacket
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.