Use the Native Land Digital interactive map to learn about the indigenous presence in the greater Bluffton and other areas. Bluffton, Ohio, is on the land of the Peoria, Myaamia, Shawanwaki/Shawnee, Kaskaskia, and Kiikaapoi peoples.
Ohio's First Peoples depicts the Native Americans of the Buckeye State from the time of the well-known Hopewell peoples to the forced removal of the Wyandots in the 1840s. These stories of the early Ohioans are based on the archaeological record and provide a detailed overview of the movements of Fort Ancient peoples driven out by economic and political forces in the seventeenth century.
The book chronicles the history of Ohio's Indians and their interactions with settlers and U.S. agents in the years leading up to their official removal, and sheds light on the complexities of the process, with both individual tribes and the United States taking advantage of opportunities at different times. It is also the story of how the native tribes tried to come to terms with the fast pace of change on America's western frontier and the inevitable loss of their traditional homelands. While the tribes often disagreed with one another, they attempted to move toward the best possible future for all their people against the relentless press of settlers and limited time.
One of the small group of tribes comprising the Illinois division of the Algonquian linguistic family, the Miamis emerged as a pivotal tribe only during the French and British imperial wars, the Miami Confederacy wars of the 18th century and the treaty-making period of the 19th century.
The Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online has a detailed but brief entry on Switzerland and the origins of Mennonites from that region of Europe. Many of the Mennonite settlers to the greater Bluffton area came from Switzerland.
The December 1988 issue of Mennonite Life features essays and photographic information related to the life of the Swiss Mennonite community in the greater Bluffton and Pandora areas during the early 1900s. President Robert Kreider and others contributed to the content in this issue.