Individual Author Record
Name: Black HawkPen Name: Genre: Born: 1767 in the village of Saukenuk (Present-day Rock Island, Illinois) Sites:
Illinois ConnectionBlack Hawk was born in the village of Saukenuk on the Rock River, in present-day Rock Island.
Biographical and Professional InformationAs a chief of the Sauk tribe, Black Hawk led the Sauk and Fox Indians in the Black Hawk War of 1832. The war was a revolt against government orders for Indians to vacate disputed tribal lands along the Rock River in northwestern Illinois. In 1833, he dictated his autobiography, which is considered a classic statement of his people's grievances. He earned a place in the History of Illinois literature with his eloquent autobiography, ''Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak'' (1833), republished as ''Black Hawk: An Autobiography'' (1955).
*''Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak'', 1833 republished as: ''Black Hawk: An Autobiography'', 1955