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28 It did not matter that the United Canadians had already established there was insufficient funds for a monument to Tecumseh. Their logic that his remains should be placed under Brock's Monument, rather than left hidden without honours, had absolutely no effect. The jealous locals were not about to relinquish what they saw as their best chance for some future monument. These "local jealousies" were a great nuisance to Gates. He was especially annoyed that they had prevented him from fully excavating the grave he was sure belonged to Tecumseh.
OATES and his friends of the United Canadian Association need not be amazed, therefore, at their discovery of the remains of TECUMSEH being received with "loud laughter and ironical cheers," especially from the western end of the Province. 92 This contempt for Gates was unfortunate, as he had only the best of intentions for both Tecumseh and Canada. 93 36 Tecumseh's Bones Just as Mowat blamed the United Canadians for his embarrassment, they in turn blamed the Natives of Moraviantown for their own.
According to Johnson, it was based on the eyewitness account of Ockawandah, a deceased Shawnee elder who once lived on the Six Nations Reserve. Ockawandah claimed to have fought at the Battle of the Thames, after which he and two other warriors retrieved Tecumseh's body and secretly buried it. Although Ockawandah lived out his days among the Mohawk of the Six Nations, he reputedly made occasional visits to Tecumseh's grave. 16 Johnson's map might have been dismissed, had it not been for the corroboration of a station master at Onondaga on the Grand Trunk Railway (now the Canadian National).