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"Cunning Eye" Widzhebu
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Birth: 1795
Idaho, USA
Death: unknown
Idaho, USA

Early American Indian names are almost impossible to format as "given", "maiden", "surname", etc.

Widzhebu was born about 1795. Her birth year is estimated upon the historical data that, in the spring of 1811, she had a two year old child and was pregnant with a second baby.

The custom of marrying or being given to a man at ages as young as 12 or 14 was common. The era could have been from 1790 to 1797.

Widzhebu, translated as, "A Cunning Eye", was a Shoshone woman who, in the spring of 1811, was captured by an enemy Assiniboine tribe. Cunning Eye was early in her pregnancy with her second child.

She, her two year old, and a 10 year old niece had been gathering berries along the Raft River, Idaho, near the present day settlement of Grouse Creek, which is now in the extreme northwest corner of Utah.

They were taken into Montana Territory and claimed as a 2nd wife and slaves. The niece excaped, but Cunning Eye's child was taken from her mother's cradle board and choked to death by the cruel brave who had captured Cunning Eye again, after her attempted excape.

The first wife of the warrior was also very cruel to her and she feared for her life and her unborn baby. Eventually she made careful plans to escape, by hiding provisions in a river bank cave.

It was 600 miles from her homeland, but by hiding, traveling at night, and gathering needed supplies from abandoned burial sites, she finally reached a Shoshoni winter encampment site on the Raft River.

She was helped by tribe members back to her main tribal area where her girl child was born just before winter. Her family and husband were full of joy at her return.

Her male child, Tonaioza, (translated "Buffalo Robe") was born about four years later. He would become known as "Chief Pocatello".

Chief Pocatello

Many claim that Pocatello's strength, courage, and determination came from his mother, Cunning Eye.

Another disposition, which Pocatello developed, was attributed to the belief that his father had been captured and hanged by an emigrant group who had camped on the Truckee River when Pocatello was about 40 years old. It is rumored this fueled his strong dislike and distrust of emigrant intruders.

It is not known what his father was named.

Cunning Eye, being a widow at this time in her son's life, is believed to have stayed with him until her death at an unknown date.

The Shoshone burial grounds were scattered along the Snake River from where the Fort Hall Indian Reservation was established, near Pocatello, to American Falls and beyond. It stands to reason the area in which the American Falls Reservoir lies, covers any land which was used for her burial.
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  Chief Pocatello (1815 - 1884)*
*Calculated relationship
American Falls Reservoir
American Falls
Power County
Idaho, USA
Created by: history4sure
Record added: Sep 06, 2012
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