Chief Oshawana, around 1858


A future chief of the Anishnaabe of Walpole Island, near Windsor, Ontario, Oshawana was typical of the young warriors who fought in the War of 1812 and were present at the battle of the Thames. Years later, when describing himself in a legal deposition, he mentioned only one event in his life:

“He believes himself to be about ninety three years of age. He has a great deal of experience in the affairs of the Indians and attended many of their councils … he took an active part in the spirit [War] of 1812, under the celebrated Warrior Tecumseh.”

Chief Oshawana, around 1858
Library and Archives Canada, C-008543

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