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Catecahassa, Mekoche Shawnee head civil chief in the Ohio Country

Mekoche (or Mequachake, Shawnee: mecoce) was the name of one of the five divisions (or bands) of the Shawnee, a Native American people, during the 18th century. The other four divisions were the Chalahgawtha, Kispoko, Pekowi, and Hathawekela. (All five division names have been spelled in a great variety of ways.) Together these divisions formed the loose confederacy that was the Shawnee tribe.

Traditionally, Shawnee healers came from the Mekoche patrilineal division.[1]

The Lower Eastern Ohio Mekoce Shawnee is an unrecognized tribe in Southern Ohio and West Virginia. The tribe, which filed a Letter of Intent to Petition on 3/5/2001, founded The Inter Tribal Learning Circle in 1991, which holds cultural events at Fort Ancient in Lebanon, Ohio.[2][3][4]

Macochee Creek, a small stream that meets the Mad River at West Liberty, has its headwaters located around Pickrelltown, Ohio.[5]

Pigeon Town, a town of the Shawnee Mekoche division, was located on Mad River, 3 miles northwest of West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio.[6]

Notable Mekoche[edit]


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  2. ^ "Ohio Indian Tribes". Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Lower Eastern Ohio Mekoce Shawnee in Wilmington, Ohio (OH)"., Tax-Exempt Organizations. 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  4. ^ "The Inter Tribal Learning Circle". Fort Ancient. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  5. ^ DeLorme. Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. 7th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, p. 56. ISBN 0-89933-281-1.
  6. ^ "Shawnee Indian Tribe History". Access Genealogy. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Native American Peace Tree Ceremony guest is former Shawnee Chief". Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. West Virginia University. 2009-10-07. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Russell "Logan" Sharp". Wilmington News Journal. Wilmington, Ohio. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2013-02-18.