Taylor Pierce, who was connected with the early trading-post at Fort Des Moines and who spoke the Sauk and Fox languages fluently, said that when the natives were transitioning from one location to another – having to cross deep river waters – they would say:
“Posse (pony) pukachee (traveling or moving) kiowa (specific place) sepo (river).”
Meaning – the braves and their ponies were going across the river at a designated “this is the place” location.
The Sauk word kiowa – was most likely where early Iowa settlers found the word IOWA – this is the place!
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