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TCHA ID Number2-26(1)
Purdue ID Numbergwb2f26i1
TitleBurial of war chief Tob-bass
CreatorWinter, George, 1810-1876
ContributorsCarr, Humphrey
Description"The Burial of War Chief Tob-bass, 1830 Obtained from Humphrey Cass. Upper Prophet's Town." (title from verso of first page) AMs, 4 p. (2 sheets, one folded; written on back of preprinted insurance forms)
Description ContinuedTob-bass lived on the banks of Turkey Creek, and he was a great war chief who participated in the confederacy established by Tecumseh and the Prophet. He was among the many chiefs who met in council at Prophet's Town in 1811 and fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe. He survived that battle, and ironically was shot outside his own wigwam in 1836 by a young Indian, without provocation. Runners were sent to his relatives in Michigan to assemble for the funeral. Tob-bass was placed in a rude casket, and he was buried along with earth collected by his relatives from inside and just outside his wigwam. His rifle, tin cup, and some tobacco were placed within the coffin. His favorite horse was sacrificed on the grave, as tradition demanded it be available for its master to ride in the spirit world. These facts were related to G.W. by Humphrey Carr, who lived near Tob-bass1 village at that time, at Carr's cabin at Upper Prophet's Town, Oct. 2, 1871.
SubjectsIndians of North America
Tribal chiefs
Funeral rites & ceremonies
RepositoryTippecanoe County Historical Association
RightsImages in the George Winter Collection should not be used without written permission from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. To obtain reproduction rights and prices, contact the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, http://www.tcha.mus.in.us
Date of Original1871
Extent of Original4 p. ; 34 cm.
CollectionGeorge Winter Collection
Date Digitized8/08/2006
Capture DeviceEpson Expression 10000XL Photo Scanner
Capture DetailsSilverfast 6.4.1 r8c by Lazersoft
Resolution300 ppi
Color Depth24 bit
Color ManagementMonaco EZcolor using an IT8 target
URI ark:/34231/c6639mp6