Shawnee Chief Speaks in Chillicothe on Native Women Leaders


The famous historic Shawnee leader Tecumseh is dramatized here at Sugarloaf Mountain. Another, current, leader of the Indian nation spoke in Chillicothe Monday.

Glenna Wallace is the Chief of the Eastern Shawnee, a division who left Ohio in the 1830s and are now in Oklahoma.

She spoke on five famous native women as a Kennedy Lecturer at OU-Chillicothe:

  • Nonhelema, also known as the "Grenadier Squaw," was a member of the women's council of the Shawnee in the 1770s who argued for peace, but finally accepted the need to fight
  • Tecumseh's sister Tecumapease who lived through the turmoil of Tecumseh's lost fight to protect the native peoples from loosing their land
  • Sacagawea, who helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition and in some ways was more valuable to them than her husband who they hired
  • Wilma Mankiller, who became the chief of the Cherokee in 1985 and so was the first woman to head a major Indian Tribe

And, she spoke on her life experience as the child of a poor sharecropper family who became a local educator and then national leader.

Wallace said her visit was in part to promote the international recognition of the Hopewell Earthworks in Ohio.

She said she was astounded by the Newark Earthworks when she first learned about them and visited them, but was disappointed in their treatment. Now, she is much more satisfied with awareness of the Hopewell and the work on listing their earthworks on a U.N. World Heritage list.

OU-Chillicothe videorecorded her speech, and the complete 1-hour 13-minute presentation is available on their Facebook page.

Glenna Wallace is the Chief of the Eastern Shawnee, a division who left Ohio in the 1830s and are now in Oklahoma.  She spoke on five famous native women as a Kennedy Lecturer at OU-Chillicothe.
Glenna Wallace is the Chief of the Eastern Shawnee, a division who left Ohio in the 1830s and are now in Oklahoma.  She spoke on five famous native women as a Kennedy Lecturer at OU-Chillicothe.

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