Sal Camacho Redhawk, lifelong resident of Illinois and descendent of the Zapatecan and Chichimecan, has been recognized for his long career and passion of cultural and historical interpretation.
Redhawk’s efforts and accomplishments have been noted by the American Indian Center in Chicago and the tribal historians of the Forest Band of Popowatomi. In 1976, Redhawk re-enacted the fur trade by canoeing 28-34 foot Montreal canoes over Lake Superior, carrying cast iron gifts to Old Fort William in Thunder Bay Canada during the Bicentennial. He has participated in many re-enactments since 2000 sharing his knowledge with thousands. Redhawk’s efforts continue with the construction of an American Indian village in Yorkville, Illinois and a wigwam at the Little Red School House in Willow Springs, Illinois. Sal’s dedication has provided numerous students programs, elementary to collegiate, and public programs at various libraries, forest preserve districts, historical societies, and museums throughout Illinois. Sal continues his education with assistance from the elders at White Earth Ojibwa and Mille Lacs Ojibwa Reservations in Minnesota as well as Potpwatomi elders in Wisconsin.