Gary Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk Sr.

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In Loving Memory of

Gary Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk Sr.

(Wahb-No-Sah/Ke-O-Ko-Mo-Quah/Burnett Family)

A hereditary Potawatomi Pipe and Bundle Carrier

Neshnabe/Potawatomi

Above: Gary Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk Sr. (Wahb-No-Sah/Ke-O-Ko-Mo-Quah/Burnett Family). Fluent in the Potawatomi language and traditions and was known as a quite and humble man who followed the old ways of his people respectfully and strictly thru prayer. As a ritual leader, he was the carrier of ancient songs and ways handed down to him by his father, grandfather, and other elderly traditionals.

Above: Potawatomi Indian, Gary Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk Sr. (Wahb-No-Sah/Ke-O-Ko-Mo-Quah/Burnett Family), on horseback at a Potawatomi gathering and dance wearing a bald eagle tail feather headdress on the Prairie Band Indian Reservation in Kansas, 1967

Prairie Band Potawatomi Indian, Gary Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk Sr. on horseback in Mayetta, KS in 1963

Chief Abram Burnett, a hereditary Chief of the Potawatomis, 1863

Photo Courtesy of Smithsonian Institute National Anthropological Archives

Above: James P. Wahb-No-Sah/Wabanosay (Morning Walking/Early Riser)

Prairie Band Indian Reservation, Mayetta, KS, 1930

Documented and photographed by Jesse Nusbaum, historic anthropologist, archeologist, and important nineteenth and twentieth century photographer of American Indians and the west.

Denver Library Western History and Genealogy Archives

Please click on the above link for more photos of Wab-no-sah/Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk biological family members living upon the Prairie Band Potawatomi Indian reservation documented under "Digital Images/Photos". Type "Potawatomi" in the search box when you are at the site.

Above: Mrs. Rosan Potts (Ke-o-ko-mo-quah), mother of James Wahb-no-sah and grandmother of Gary Wis-ki-ge-amatyuk Sr.

Prairie Band Reservation in Mayetta, Kansas.

Above: Mrs. Rosan Potts (Ke-o-ko-mo-quah). Traditional birch bark wigwam home in background. Prairie Band Potawatomi Indian Reservation. Mayetta, Kansas, May 1936

Above: Mrs. William Wapp, Mrs. Josey McKenney (Kit-tas), and Mrs. Rosan Potts (Ke-o-ko-mo-quah) on right, playing dice game on the Prairie Band Indian Reservation. Mayetta, Kansas. May 1936

Above: Mrs. Rosan Potts/Ke-o-ko-mo-quah (center), Pom Hubbard, and John Wabnum (standing right) trading at the Jones Store in Mayetta, KS.

Above: Garnett Potts, younger brother of James Wahbnosah, sons of Rosann Potts (Ke-o-ko-mo-quah) and his wife Virginia Potts

Above: Maynard Potts, younger brother of James Wahbnosah, sons of Rosann Potts (Ke-o-ko-mo-quah)

Above: Sylvester Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk

Prairie Band Indian Reservation, Mayetta, KS, 1930

Documented and photographed by Jesse Nusbaum, historic anthropologist, archeologist, and important nineteenth and twentieth century photographer of American Indians and the west.

Denver Library Western History and Genealogy Archives

Please click on the above link for more photos of Wab-no-sah/Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk biological family members living upon the Prairie Band Potawatomi Indian reservation documented under "Digital Images/Photos". Type "Potawatomi" in the search box when you are at the site.

Above: Chief Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk (Wish kee gee amtyk/Smoke that Travels/Powerful Wind)

Prairie Band Potawatomi Indian Reservation. Mayetta, Kansas, 1921

Also known as Captain John Buckshot, who is the brother of Chief Wahquahboshkuk (Wak-Waboshkok/Roily Water) Sons of Chief Shaumquesteh (Shaum-Num-Teh/Potawatomi Medicine Man), who was a son of Chief Sen noge wone.

Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk (Smoke That Travels/Powerful Wind) was known as a spiritual interpreter to spirits. A voice and ear in between the physical and spiritual realms (A Messanger).

A Potawatomi Holy Man and respected Potawatomi ritual leader.

For additional photo of Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk, please visit Wisconsin Historical Society, documented under important Potawatomi men, 1890.

To view a descriptive letter of Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk by United States Indian Agent, L.F. Pearson to Col. Henry J. Aten, written January 19, 1896, please visit the Kansas State Historical Society: Kansas Memory

Above: Potawatomi Indians gathered together at the Rush Lake Mission near Watervliet, 1906. Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk sits at center holding traditional Potawatomi pipes. Far right stands Rosann Lasley Ke-O-Ko-Mo-Quah Potts, wife of Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk and mother of James Wahb-No-Sah who can be seen at his father's knee eating an ice cream cone. Photo taken by T. R. Hamilton

Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress Archives, Washington D.C.

Above: James Wahbnosah, son of Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk, sitting in front of his father holding an ice cream cone.

Above: James Wahbnosah, son of Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk, in later years on the Prairie Band Reservation, 1963.

Photo taken by James A. Clifton for his book titled "Indians of North America: The Potawatomi". He is a cultural anthropologist and a leading authority on the ethnohistory of the Indians of the Great Lakes - Ohio Valley area. He is Frankenthal Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and previously taught at the Universities of Oregon, Colorado, and Kansas. He earned a Ph.B. at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon.

Above: Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk holding traditional Potawatomi pipes, 1906.

Above: This is a photograph showing Potawatomi Prairie Band tribal members (left to right) George Allen, Bernard Keesis, Gary Wis-Ki-Ge-Amatyuk, Curtis Pequano and James KeGmeGa. The photograph was probably taken on the Potawatomi reservation in Jackson County, Kansas. Date: 1950. Photograph taken by James Howard

Above is courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society. Original owner of the photo above was Joe Hale, tribal member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi, which was donated to the Kansas Historical Society

Above: Left: David Nsa-waw-quet (descendant of old Chief Crutch), Middle: his wife Margaret Nsa-waw-quet, Right: her sister Mary Wabanosay/Wahb-no-sah, or "Morning Walking/Early Riser." This image is part of an exhibit about Native Americans prepared by Paul Vanderbilt, the Wisconsin Historical Society's first curator of photography.

Wisconsin Historical Society