“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
La Pointe in Ashland County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

La Pointe Indian Cemetery

La Pointe Indian Cemetery marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, September 6, 2019
1. La Pointe Indian Cemetery marker
Inscription.  Established about 1836 as part of a Roman Catholic mission under the guidance of the dynamic Austrian priest, Frederick Baraga, later made a bishop.

The white man's style of house was adopted as a grave cover by the Christianized Ojibway (Chippewa) in his custom of protecting both the dead and the food left with the dead. The food gave sustenance for the 4-day journey to the Hereafter as well as something for the spirit to leave for friends, relatives and the poor. A defaced stone marks the grave of Great Buffalo, principal chief of the Ojibway on Lake Superior; Chief Little Buffalo, his Protestant son, is buried across the road and south in a grave marked with 4 pines.

A Frenchman, Cadeau, journeyed to Lake Superior in 1671, eventually marrying an Ojibway. His grandson, Michel Cadotte, opened a fur-trading post on this island in 1793 for the North West Company, a post later acquired by John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company, Michel continuing until 1823 as manager. Here Michel Cadotte is buried, and, by his side, his grandchild, Julia Mary Warren of the noted family of fur traders and scholars.

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1961 by La Pointe Indian Cemetery Restoration Fund.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionColonial EraNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
Location. 46° 46.332′ N, 90° 46.919′ W. Marker is in La Pointe, Wisconsin, in Ashland County. Marker is on Chief Buffalo Lane west of Old Fort Road, on the left when traveling north. Located on Madeline Island. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bayfield WI 54814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Vessels (approx. ¼ mile away); Mooningwaanikaaning (approx. 0.6 miles away); Michel Cadotte (approx. 1.2 miles away); A Turning Point in Place and Time (approx. 2.9 miles away); Schooner Pretoria (approx. 3 miles away); Memorial to Commercial Fishermen of Bayfield (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Booth Cooperage (approx. 3.1 miles away); Bayfield Historic Waterfront (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Pointe.
La Pointe Indian Cemetery and marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, September 6, 2019
2. La Pointe Indian Cemetery and marker
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2020, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2020, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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