Shawnee Prophet

Shawnee Prophet,

1775?–1837?, Native North American of the Shawnee tribe; brother of TecumsehTecumseh
, 1768?–1813, chief of the Shawnee, b. probably in Clark co., Ohio. Among his people he became distinguished for his prowess in battle, but he opposed the practice of torturing prisoners.
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. His Native American name was Tenskwautawa. He announced himself as a prophet bearing a revelation from the Native American master of life. The message urged the renunciation of the acquired ways of the whites and the return to Native American modes and customs in all matters. His doctrines were widespread among Native Americans, and his prestige was enhanced when he foretold a solar eclipse in 1806. His influence gave rise to the plan to confederate all the Native Americans in opposition to the whites—a plan that inspired the Creek War of 1813. In 1811 he led the Native American forces in the battle of TippecanoeTippecanoe
, river, c.170 mi (270 km) long, rising in the lake district of NE Ind. and flowing SW to the Wabash River, near Lafayette. U.S. Gen. William Henry Harrison fought the Shawnees in the battle of Tippecanoe, Nov. 7, 1811, on the site of Battle Ground, Ind.
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. The movement inspired by him provided many recuits for the British in the War of 1812, after which Tenskwatawa retired to Canada with a British pension. He returned to Ohio in 1826 and accompanied his people to Missouri and farther west into Kansas, where he died.


See B. Drake, The Life of Tecumseh and of his Brother the Prophet (1841, repr. 1969).

Shawnee Prophet

See Tenskwatawa.
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In 1812 the Potawatomi had a strong presence at Prophetstown on the Wabash River in Indiana territory, allied with Shawnee Chief Tecumseh and his brother the Shawnee prophet.
Harrison's force was attacked by Shawnees led by the Shawnee Prophet, a brother of Tecumseh.
He had become known as the Shawnee Prophet after receiving a revelation (supposedly from the Native American "Master of Life") urging the renunciation of white ways and a return to traditional customs.
In the negotiations' minutes, Langham notes the arrival of Tenskwatawa (also known as the Shawnee Prophet) and his invitation to address the gathering at the Monday morning session.
Employing a wide range of published and unpublished primary sources, Jortner argues that the efforts of the Shawnee Prophet and his older brother (Tecumseh was his brother's sidekick--not the other way around) were not born of desperation at the prospect of inevitable defeat but constituted the opening salvo in a religious war--the Great Spirit against Providence--"with the vast expanse of the western frontier, a holy land, as the prize" (11).
The Shawnee Prophet's primary antagonist--the "hero" of Tippecanoe--was William Henry Harrison.
The shortest presidency of all was William Henry Harrison's - the Indian-fighting general known as "Old Tippecanoe" in honour of his victory over native warriors led by Tenkswatawa, the Shawnee Prophet.
During Tecumseh's trip among the Creek the comet reached its highest point in the sky and was clearly visible.(47) Tecumseh and his brother, Tenskwatawa, the Shawnee Prophet, belonged to the clan of the Manetuwi msipessi or "miraculous panther." Manetuwi msipessi can also mean "celestial tiger," meteor, or shooting star.(48) The Cherokee words for comet are atsil tluntu'tsi, or fire panther, and the Cherokee would not have failed to make a connection between the appearance of the fire panther in the sky and Tecumseh's visit.
Next, he explains nativism and the pan-Indian movement of Tecumseh and the Shawnee Prophet. He then explores the complex relationships that existed between groups such as the Sauks and Foxes, Winnebagos, Menominees, and Santee Sioux in the upper Mississippi River basin.
By 1812 the Shawnees had again gathered westward in Indiana with a dozen tribes nominally lead the Shawnee War Chief Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa, also known as the Open Door and the Shawnee prophet and tribal mystic and firebrand, all allied with the British in Canada.
Tecumseh was aided by his brother, Tenskwatawa, called the Shawnee Prophet. In spite of Tecumseh's efforts, on Sept.