Brave In Battle, Wise In Council, Honorable In Peace

Okemos, the last Chieftain in Mid-Michigan to have lived his life and lead his people as tribes had for generations. His passing in 1858 marked the end of a way of life, and the transition of a culture forever.

Often seen as a one-dimensional historical figure, Okemos was anything but.

His path began with struggle and courage, turning to concession with honor, yet it was one always one traveled with dignity and respect.

Ogimaans in full tribal gear, especially for the portrait, circa 1850. credit