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n. pl. Kickapoo or Kick·a·poos
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, with small present-day populations in Kansas, Oklahoma, southern Texas, and northern Mexico.
2. The Algonquian language of the Kickapoo.
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References in classic literature ?
The Hottentots and Kickapoos are very well in their way.
This done, we wait until the palace is half-way up, and then we pay some tasty architect to run us up an ornamental mud hovel, right against it; or a Down-East or Dutch Pagoda, or a pig-sty, or an ingenious little bit of fancy work, either Esquimau, Kickapoo, or Hottentot.
From the first obtainable information it is conceded that the Kickapoos were the most numerous tribe in this county.
Gibson, The Kickapoos: Lords of the Middle Border (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963), 71-92.
He documents the conflicts between Mexican soldiers and the region's Indians, and American settlers' battles with immigrant Seminoles, Creeks, Cherokees, and Kickapoos who had fled southeastern removal sites in the 1830s.
Tribes such as the Delawares, Kickapoos, Miamis, Ottawas, Potawatomis, Sacs and Foxes, and Shawnees brought not only a familiarity with alcohol cultivated by whiskey merchants in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, but also significant financial resources occasioned by federal annuities written into the various removal treaties that brought them to the new Indian Canaan.(14) And contrary to the view that excessive Indian drinking was a biased perception based on white, Victorian complaints and reporting, one need only allow the Indians to speak for themselves.
I'm sending you across the Rio Grande after the Lipans, Kickapoos, and the Apaches.
Instead, as the Kickapoos break in the tables without expertise or government assistance, the deck has quietly been stacked against them.
Halley describes the legacy of the non-Comanche tribes, including the Tonkawas of the west and the Delawares, Kickapoos and Cherokees of the east.
Scholars classify as Algonquians the tribes whose languages are related to that of a people once labeled "the Algonkins."(11) Shawnees, Delawares, Kickapoos, and Anishinabes (Chippewas) speak languages like that.