A Second Indian Name
On his third trip to Illinois in the winter of 1821, Hubbard himself carried supplies of food and medicine to Potawatomi Chief Tamin’s camp in the Kankakee Marsh. Tamin honored Hubbard with a feast at his lodge where he gave him the name “Pa-pa-ma-ta-be” meaning “Swiftwalker”.
Tamin also offered the twenty one year old Hubbard his oldest daughter for his wife. Hubbard declined the honor. Tamin then suggested Hubbard might marry his eleven year old niece when she became eligible for marriage when she turned fourteen in a few years. Hubbard did not refuse the Chief again.
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