All three of these individuals were Christians considered to be sympathetic to the whites.10 Caritas, also known as Anne Charity, was an elderly Delaware who was very vocal in her opposition of Beata.10 This may have prompted her execution.
Chief Tetepachsit is thought to have been executed for similar reasons. Firstly, chief Tetepachsit was considered by many to be too friendly with the Moravians and whites in general. Secondly, the Prophet Tenskwatawa believed that all the old chiefs were leading their people to sell their lands and signing treaties with the U.S. government.12 On March 17, 1806, he was dragged 15 miles to the Moravian mission and tomahawked in the head by his son, who may have been angry with him for taking another wife.12 Tetepachsit's body was thrown into a fire that later spread to the surrounding forest and the Moravian's village.13
Joshua was a Mahican (Native American tribe) convert who acted as interpreter for the Moravians. He was a musician, translator, and skilled handy-man who the Moravians relied upon for his farming and carpentry skills.14 Two of his daughters had been killed in the Gnadenhütten Massacre in 1782 and he was often seen drinking whiskey.14 Joshua was known for his connections with the Moravians and drinking alcohol, two things The Prophet preached against. Joshua was burned as a witch in 1806, not long after Tetepachsit's execution.14
Though the witch hunt of 1806 is a largely forgotten aspect of Muncie history, it is important to remember. The deaths that occurred during this time were horrendous and can easily fit into the stereotype of the savage Indian. However, it is important to note that the actions of the Native Americans involved were simply an attempt regain control of their lives. Though this does not justify their actions, we have to remember that atrocities were committed by Settler Colonials (i.e. Americans) as well. Instead of viewing this plaque as a representation of the savage, long-gone Indian, view it as a reminder that Native Americans have always shaped American history and as such, they cannot be ignored in the present.