Hermeneutic Archival Research & Artistic License: Exhuming Dispossessed Sauk Voices through Creative Non-Fiction

Poster Session ICQI_2018

Union Illini B

May 17 1-2:20 pm

Writing As Method Of Inquiry 

Fourteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


This research poster session uses Leavy’s Method Meets Art techniques to journey through a survey of the John Henry Hauberg papers at the Special Collections Thomas Tredway Library, Augustana College. Hauberg (1869-1955) was a Rock Island County Illinois researcher and philanthropist with a devoted interest in the patrilineal Thunder Clan, the first nation Sauk who had been relocated from their summer home of Saukenuk, near the sacred confluence of the Mississippi and Sinnissippi (Rock) Rivers (N 41°28.872 W 090°36.945), to the Iowa Territory in 1825 and again to Stroud, OK. The writing-as-research conceptual approach combines hermeneutic phenomenology, narrative research, autoethnography, and the artistic license and conventions of creative nonfiction to acknowledge the unheeded voices of the female descendants of the Sauk warrior Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak (Black Hawk, 1767-1838).

Keywords: dispossessed land, Sac/Sauk, hermeneutic phenomenology, writing as inquiry, coherence, Black Hawk, moral injury