Chief Yellow Smoke
Yellow Smoke perpetuates the name of Chief Yellow Smoke, Chief of the Omaha Tribe
during the middle and latter part of the nineteenth century.
The Omaha Tribe inhabited the geographic area in Western Iowa which includes the
Yellow Smoke Park area. This area was likely a part of the tribal hunting grounds. In
1854, Chief Yellow Smoke signed a treaty that ceded a large area of tribal territory, of
which the park is part of, to the United States Government.
Chief Yellow Smoke was the last keeper of the
"Sacred Pole" which was the symbol of the tribe's
well-being, the center piece of their ceremonies and
the subject of their sacred songs.His name came
from the yellow smoke stain on the pole. The
sacred pole was displayed in the Smithsonian
Museum in Washington D.C. and now rests with
the Omaha Tribe at Macy, Nebraska.
|Chief Yellow Smoke's Sacred Pole