Chief Wapameepto (Gives Light As He Walks) or Wapamiqto (White Road), Called Big Jim, or eng Dick Jim
Wapameepto (Gives Light As He Walks) or Wapamiqto (White Road), Called Big Jim, or eng Dick's father was father of Wapameepto, alias Big Jim or Dick Jim and his mother was English (grandmother) and Shawnee. His paternal grandparents were Chief Tecumtha Tecumseh "Crouching Tiger" or "Shooting Star" Tekamthi may be Tompkins and Tahneh Naomi Dark Star (CHICKAMAUGA). He had two sisters named Way-la-skese (One of Grace) and May-thahsk-se. He died in 1900.
- General Notes
BIG JIM (?-1900). Big Jim, a Shawnee chief, grandson of Tecumseh and son of one of the chiefs who signed the Indian treaty of February 23, 1836, was born in the Sabine reservation in Texas in 1834. His native name was Wapameepto ("Gives Light as He Walks"), and his popular name, Big Jim, was a mistake for his English name, Dick Jim. In 1872 he became chief of his band, often called Big Jim's band of Absentee Shawnees. He resented the encroachments of settlers, never became Christianized, and made efforts to move his people away from white men. In 1900, while in Mexico to investigate possibilities of moving his people there, he died of smallpox.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959).
Seymour V. Connor