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Main Poc

Stewart Rafert

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Main Poc (1765–1816), Potawatomi war leader and shaman, was born probably in southern Michigan. His parentage is unknown, but he was the son of a Potawatomi war chief. His name is also rendered as Man Pock, Mar Pock, and other misspellings of the French nickname Main Poche meaning Puckered Hand. Main Poc received his French nickname from the deformed, clublike left hand he was born with, missing fingers and thumb. He claimed the deformity was a special gift from the spirits, while his followers believed him an ancient warrior reborn and invulnerable to injury. A huge, muscular man, Main Poc was the most influential of the Potawatomi ...

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Subjects: Alternative Belief Systems ; Native American History

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