Ijkalaka's history told by quilt
July 28, 2017
Ekalaka was named after a Sioux girl, Ijkalaka Russell, the wife of David Harrison Russell, the first white settler in the area. When Ijkalaka met Russell, a scout and frontiersman, she was 16. The daughter of Wombalee We-Chosh (Eagle Man) Ijkalaka (Restless or Moving About) was born in 1858, living on Powder River. She lived with a cousin, Hi Kelly, on a ranch on Chugwater Creek, near present day Laramie, Wyoming.
Her name is featured in the center of the VFW Aux. raffle quilt, a work of art that has been appraised at over $4,000! The quilt face is made entirely of recycled wool, in Native...