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I am a Sauk I am a warrior once said by Black Hawk a Sauk Indian leader a proud warrior of his tribe Black Hawk was born around 1767 in a village of Saukenauk He was born into the warrior class Black Hawk was a strong traditionalist believing in old ways of his people His qualities made him a true leader He believed in his peoples traditions so much he was willing to go to warGrowing up Black Hawk was trained to become a warrior His father Pyesa was a tribal medicine man of the Sauk people At the age of 15 Black Hawk was recognized of his warrior spirit wounding his first enemy in battle He was now able to paint his face and wear feathers Later on his father died of wounds from battle this caused Black Hawk to inherit his fathers medicine bundle Black Hawk practiced many customs representing his culture He was proud of who he was The year of 1822 was when things changed for the Sauk people White people invaded taking over hunting grounds lodges and gardens Written by Kerry A Trask It was as if some terrible curse had been cast upon the land fouling the water and air driving the animals and good spirits away and corrupting even the character of the Sauk peopleBlack Hawk was known for being an undisputed leader Even though he wasnt really a chief what he represented made him important Black Hawk had bravery determination and leadership When the white people invaded this caused the Sauk people to change the rhythms and cycles of life This caused traditions of father figures to decline causing the Sauk society to become chaotic The chiefs of the Sauk and Fox were tricked by the invaders to sign a treaty This treaty involved of selling Illinois land which were there homes The tribes were forced to leave their villages Black Hawk did not stand for this
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