Our Name Tete de mort (Death’s head in French) comes from the name a village with the name Tete de morts, which was the apparent site of a Native American battle near Dubuque, IA. The story goes that the area was home to 700 Winnebagoe Indians. Watumni, A chief of the Winnebagoe, met Nita, a beautiful daughter of the Fox tribe from Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin), while out wandering. Watumni desired her greatly, and along with his entourage, made the trip to what is now Wisconsin to visit her. When he arrived, he saw with another man. Enraged, he spit on her and left with his men. Nita’s father called a war party and along with young brave on Nita’s arm, headed for the home of the Winnebagos. They approached the village at night and began to slaughter the village. Some were chased to the edge of cliffs, where they chose to jump to their deaths rather than face capture. The survivors were scattered, but occasionally visited their ancestral home where their dead were buried. French traders called this area “Tete de morts” pronounced “tet da mor.”