Hole in the Day

I’ve been working with the records in the Book Shawnee Heritage I recently.  I will have some commentary on that later, but for today, I found something I thought was extremely interesting.

The author’s goal is to list the names of the Shawnee people that he can find.  In this case one person is known by 3 names. 

One of his names is Thobequebah.  Obviously, that is his name in Chippewa or Shawnee, as he is a Chippewa adopted into the Shawnee tribe.  That word, “adopted,” in this case means “kidnapped” and then subsequently adopted into the tribe.  There was a lot of that going on between the tribes.  Maybe an early way to avoid genetic problems with too much intermarriage:)

In any case, his second name was Hole in the Day.  Think about what that might mean for a minute before we go on to his third name which will give the answer away, straight away.

Before I give you the answer, one more tidbit.  According to the author, this man was born about 1750.  The Chippewa people live in the northern part of the Midwest, in Michigan and surrounding states, and in Ontario Canada, primary on the waterways of Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes

Ok, one more hint.  This map may indeed provide a more accurate birth year for our Native man.

The above map is a map of eclipses in North America in 1750 and earlier.  Unfortunately, there is not a comparable map for 1750 and later, but the information I was able to ind did not show any eclipses in this region.

So, now do you know his third name?  Of course you do, Hole in the Day is another way to describe an eclipse, which was his name.  Now, the next question that pops up is why?  If his parents were living in Michigan at that time, according to this map, they would not have seen any eclipses near that date.  As we discovered when viewing the 1836 Chippewa and Ottawa Halfbreed records, the Native people were anything but stationary.  So perhaps, Eclipse was living someplace else, maybe in Canada, when he was born and his family or tribe saw an Eclipse to mark the occasion on July 25, 1748.

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About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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