The Rhetoric of Simon Pokagon: Claims of Equality, Appeals for Reconciliation & Inclusion


Location: CHICAGO: The Newberry Library

John N. Low from the University of Michigan will discuss his work "The Rhetoric of Simon Pokagon: Claims of Equality, Appeals for Reconciliation & Inclusion"

"This essay focuses on tribal leader Simon Pokagon and his novel Queen of the Woods, first published in 1899. In it, I explore the ways in which Pokagon’s writing served as a memorial and monument to Native peoples. Simon Pokagon was a celebrity in Chicago during his lifetime and was a featured speaker at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. His novel Queen of the Woods serves as a rhetorical monument to the persistence and resiliency of the Potawatomi. His literary and speaking efforts coupled with the materiality of his activities –such as selling his earlier work The Red Man’s Greeting, bound in birch bark, and erecting a birch bark tipi on the Midway during the Exposition - reminded both Natives and non-Natives alike that Chicago is built upon Potawatomi lands. The written and spoken words of Simon Pokagon claim a place in the history of the city, as well as assert a desire to be included in the future of that city."

This event is at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, in Chicago. Parking is available across the street from the Newberry Library for $7. Remember to validate your parking ticket at the security kiosk in the library.

This event is free.

All papers are pre-circulated electronically to those who plan to attend the seminar. The paper will be available two weeks before the seminar. Please email to request a copy of the paper. Please do not send a request unless you plan to attend.

For more information on the D'Arcy McNickle Center, please follow this link: