Psychedelic Painting Marks indian Ritual

from the Stockbridge newspaper Aug 10, 1968.

A ceremony to honor the remaining few ancestors of the Stockbridge, Brothertown and Munsee Indians, who founded Stockbridge and Brothertown, took place Thursday night at the harbor here.

About 75 persons, mostly local residents, county board officials, and several long-haired, bearded students, attended the somewhat unorganized program which had been planning during the week by James K. Phillips, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin extension, Fox Valley Center, Menasha.

Most of the invited guests, including a few of the remaining ancestors of the original settlers, officials from Indian tribes, and the Oneida Indian Singers, were unable to attend at short notice.

A small boat hauled to the harbor atop a foreign car and featuring a psychedelic painting received unfavorable comment from those attended and never touched the water.

Gilbert Hipke, New Holstein, chairman of the county board of supervisors, asked to address the group, said he “hoped, in part, it was to honor and pay respect to some of the Indian founders of Calumet County.” He noted that a few years ago, Moody Man, an Indian who was the first judge in the county, had been honored and his burial place marked. He pointed out that the Indian mounds in the county park had been preserved.

During the affair, John William Doxtator, who lives just south of here and is the grandson of Moses Doxtator, one of the original Stockbridge settlers in 1832, was introduced and pleased the crowd with an Indian song which he learned during his school days at Oneida.

Also present were Mrs. Doxtator and their three daughters: Mrs. Wayne Mattson, Fond du Lac, and Mrs. Elaine Mueller and Mrs. Jerome Vande Voort, Stockbridge; Thomas Quinney bearing the name of the chief who led the Stockbridgers to Wisconsin’ and several others.

Percy Powless, chairman of the Oneida Indian Council, was present and explained that the Oneida Singers were unable to attend.

Hipke thanked the citizens for attending and said he hoped this would be a prelude to another ceremony, perhpas handled locally.

2 Comments

  • Hello –
    I am Andrew Phillips the son of James K. Phillips who is mentioned in this article. I also painted the “psychedelic painting” mentioned above. (Actually it was a large brightly colored image of a smiling sun painted on a large piece of canvas as a sort of sun screen on the boat.) I am very pleased to have come upon this account of this event that my father planned and to understand more of who attended and what was said.
    The sneering tone in the beginning of the article expresses the hostility held by many in the crowd towards the event. I myself was personally threatened with physical violence by a drunken man who said he was a sheriff in the community. This was done in plain view and in ear shot of the crowd. No one in the crowd came to my defense or commented on what was happening. (I was one of the “several long-haired, bearded students” who were there.)
    Since my father was a new member in the community, he was seen as an “outsider” and one who was attempting to stir up dissatisfaction. This was what the “sheriff” said to me and I believe it was so. I was given a very strong message that neither my father or myself were welcome there.
    Yet I believe that this kind of event would not have been appreciated at any time by many if not most of the “white” community. I think that the community itself was threatened by a simple acknowledgement of the history and presence of the indigenous people there. That says a lot about the community at the time
    Nevertheless, even with the number of people who could not attend at short notice (I admit that it appears that my father did not plan it well) and the hostility shown towards an “intruder, meddler and troublemaker”, the event stands in history as an honoring of the history and heritage of the original people of the Stockbridge area.
    I am proud of my father for having had the courage to look beneath the surface and for having brought to the present the largely unacknowledged history of the Stockbridge indigenous peoples.

    • Thank you VERY much for your comments. Not that many people visit this site but it is our family’s way of honoring those who came before.

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