Miami Chief Little Turtle

Native Chief Of The Mighty Miami Indians

Miami Chief Little Turtle was one of the last War Chiefs of the mighty tribes that lived in Indiana. He is known for being a great military strategist along with creating a confederacy of many different tribes to try to stop the encroachment of the Native Peoples lands of many generations.

It is said that Chief Little Turtle was around 6 feet tall and was known for his subtle nature along with his prudent handling of most circumstances that came into his life.

Let’s find out more about this man who lived and fought for his people. He encouraged the members of his tribe to abstain from drinking the alcohol of the the white settlers and he also tried to promote new farming techniques that could be learned from these curious people with the light skin. Perhaps he saw both good and bad in the people who would eventually take the land away from his people and the other indigenous peoples who had inhabited this continent for centuries.


Early History of Little Turtle

Miami Chief Little Turtle was born around 1747 near Devil’s Lake in what is now Whitley County, Indiana. The area is northwest of modern day Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Some sources say that he was called Little Turtle because his father was known as Turtle.

It is believed by many historians that Little Turtle’s mother was a Mohican but little is known of her.

Leader of the Miami Warriors

Little Turtle was not the main Chief or civil chief of the Miami people. Instead he was what is known as the War Chief or the chief military leader of the Miami Indians. He gained this position around 1790 according to most historians.

Up to 1790 the Shawnee, Delaware, and other displaced natives began to gather near the Miami villages at the head of the Maumee River which is near present day Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Little Turtle, Chief of Miami Tribe
Little Turtle, Miami Chief

A Native American Confederacy Led By Little Turtle

Chief Little Turtle, of the Miami, led a confederacy of Native Americans that defeated General Arthur St. Clair on November 3, 1791. The multitribe band of warriors were trying to keep the Americans off of the land that they had lived on for generations. The battle was fought at what was later to become Ft. Recovery which is now on the boundary line of Ohio and Indiana. Little Turtle, with the help of Blue Jacket, delivered a defeat to the U. S. Army that has since been deemed the worst defeat ever to be dealt by the indigenous peoples of North America. General St. Clair lost 602 men in the battle with another 300 wounded out of the 1300 soldiers he started with. The War Chief, Little Turtle, had 1000 warriors in his confederation of different tribes and only lost 66 men.

Although he became one of the most successful war leaders of his people and other tribes who joined with him, Little Turtle tried to keep peace for his people. The Miami Chief lost favor with the Native Americans as a whole when he signed the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. It was a very unpopular thing for him to do. The Shawnee and other tribes questioned his right to sell land to the white settlers, saying that it was not his to sell. He felt it was his land and also that it would protect further land from being taken by the white settlers. History shows us that he did in fact make the wrong decision because the Americans would eventually take all of the land.

Come sit in the circle of peace with Chief Little Turtle’s spirit and me. Let us know you stopped by with your comments.

Walkers of the Wind

Black And White Photos Calendar

Wisdom quotations are included on each page of this new calendar being published for 2018. Black and white photographs from the independent photographers of yesteryear are showcased in this 12 month wall calendar.

walkers of the wind calendar
Walkers Of The Wind 2018 Wall Calendar


  • Format: Standard Wall
  • Size Closed: 12 inches by 12 inches
  • Size Opened: 24 inches by 12 inches
  • Grid Size: Small Rectangle
  • Binding: Stapled
  • Time Span: 12 month +4
  • Publisher: Tushita Publishing

There were so many photographers who traveled around the American West that captured little pieces of history by photographing the Native Americans that they encountered. Some are famous and others obscure. Most of these men and women not only recorded a way of life that was rapidly becoming something of the past but they came back East to give a respectful impression of what so many looked at as savages. There are some who took pictures in a natural state while others have been discovered as having staged the photos. Whether staged or impromptu, the images now show us a culture that was taken away from so many.

Customers can pre-order this wall calendar showing old photographs of Native Americans now with shipping expected to begin around June 8, 2017.

Wisdom of the Tribes

Lakota Tribal Wisdom Wall Calendar

People will truly enjoy this wall calendar featuring the original art from Lakota and Iroquois artist Jim Yellowhawk and content by author Joseph M. Marshall III. The Lakota names for the months, such as “When Calves Are Red” and “When Things Ripen” are featured on each page spread. Most noteworthy, Marshall’s text presents a traditional Lakota virtue for each month. These virtues guide the reader along the Lakota path of wisdom. Marshall is a teacher, historian, Lakota craftsman and writer in addition to contributing on this year’s calendar. He has authored several screenplays in addition to fifteen books, including the highly acclaimed Walking with Grandfather, The Lakota Way and The Journey of Crazy Horse to name just a few. Marshall is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and was involved with the television miniseries Into the West as narrator, actor and consultant. The calendar is published by Amber Lotus.

Lakota Way 2018 Wall Calendar



  • Format of calendar is the Standard Wall
  • Size when cllosed is 12  inches  by  12 inches
  • Size when opened is 24  inches by 12  inches
  • Grid Size equals Medium Rectangle
  • Binding is center stapled
  • Time Span covers 12 months +24

Customers can order this calendar now with shipment expected to begin around August 8, 2017.

A lovely way to stay in touch each month with your journey on the Good Red Road. Some famous Lakota, sometimes referred to as the Sioux, were Red Cloud who was from the Oglala band of the Lakota. Two other notable Lakota men were Sitting Bull, a medicine man, and Crazy Horse, a great and brave warrior. Another of the Oglala Band of Lakota who has been influential in much spiritual learning was the Holy Man or Medicine Man known as Black Elk.

Wisdom Keepers

Chiefs Of Native Nations Calendar

Wisdom Keepers 2016 Wall Calendar

From the photographic archives of Edward Sheriff Curtis this calendar for 2016 gives us the Wisdom Keepers that were Chiefs of twelve different Native American tribal traditions. The photographs are black and white as was the norm in the 1800s and early 1900s when Edward S. Curtis was taking these photographic portraits of the Native Americans in the American West. Each month has wisdom quotations included. International holidays are included in each month’s grid.

wisdom keepers calendar
Wisdom Keepers 2016 Wall Calendar


  • Format: Standard Wall
  • Size Closed: 12 inches by 12 inches
  • Size Opened: 24 inches by 12 inches
  • Grid Size: Small Rectangle
  • Binding: Stapled
  • Time Span: 12 month +4
  • Publisher: Tushita Publishing

You can pre-order this wonderful 2016 calendar showcasing the Wisdom Keepers of the Native Nations with expected shipping to begin after October 9, 2015.

Spirit of Place

Nature Calendar

In all Native American traditions everything has a spirit including the places where we are. All parts of Mother Earth are sacred and have lessons to teach us if we are willing to listen. From the Standing People (trees) and the Stone People (rocks) we learn much. The waters of the rivers and streams give us life and the grasslands and forests offer us sustenance in many forms. It is appropriate that we celebrate the Spirit of Place every day. There is much to learn from each place that we are.

John Gavrilis captures the spiritual essence of the wilderness landscape in this collection of images. This weekly engagement planner will delight nature lovers with more than 70 breathtaking images.

Spirit of Place 2018 Softcover Weekly 2018 Planner


  • Format is the Softcover Engagement
  • Size when closed is 9 inches by 6 inches
  • Size when opened is 18 inches by 6 inches
  • Binding is Spiral
  • Time Span covers 70 weeks
  • Published by Sellers Publishing Inc

You can pre-order this wonderful and helpful planner to organize your life and feed your spirit with shipping expected to begin by June 8, 2017.