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 Louise <I>Siuwheem</I> Polotkin

Louise Siuwheem Polotkin

Birth
Kootenai County, Idaho, USA
Death 1853 (aged 52–53)
Kootenai County, Idaho, USA
Burial Kootenai County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 7633771 · View Source
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"Louise Siuwheem, Apostle to the Coeur d'Alene Indians." Louise was one of the first Coeur d'Alene Indians baptized a Christian by Father DeSmet on his visit in 1842. She was married to Adolph Polotkin and had three grown sons. They moved to the First mission near St. Maries in 1843 and then came here when the mission was relocated in 1846. Louise was descended from Chief Circling Raven who had an ancient vision of the coming of Blackrobes who would bring a new religion. God prepared Louise to be the apostle of her tribe in the new ways. She taught religion to the children. Cared for the sick and the orphans, taught hymns and prayers and came to this cemetary every night to pray for those buried here. Louise died and was buried here in 1853 during the construction of the big new church on the hill. The Missionairies called Louise the Spiritual Director and Guardian Angel of her whole tribe.


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  • Added: 28 Jun 2003
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louise Siuwheem Polotkin (1800–1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7633771, citing Old Mission Cemetery, Kootenai County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by David M. Habben (contributor 835) .