Cry of the Thunderbird: The American Indian's Own Story by Charles Hamilton

By Charles Hamilton

283pp., index, bibliography, 10 colour plates by means of George Catlin and eleven sketches through American Indian artists, one map. Illustrations comprise undergo claw necklace, Indian deerskin gown, Indian headdress, dating scenes, buffalo hunt, maiden's ball video game, and so forth. Contents through numerous natiave American individuals comprise An assault on a Flatboat by means of Peter Clarke - Wyandott; Boyhood guidance for the Warpath via Chiyesa - Sioux; The Peyote Cult by way of John Rave - Winnebago; Curing a Wounded Warriot by means of leader Plenty-Coups - Crow and lots more and plenty else of tolerating curiosity.

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When he was down there in the brush, he called, and High Horse answered, because he knew his friend's voice. They washed off the paint from High Horse and sat down on the river bank to talk about their troubles. High Horse said he never would go back to the village as long Page 10 as he lived and he did not care what happened to him now. He said he was going to go on the war-path all by himself. " So Red Deer got everything ready, and at night they started out on the war-path all alone. After several days they came to a Crow camp just about sundown, and when it was dark they sneaked up to where the Crow horses were grazing, killed the horse guard, who was not thinking about enemies because he thought all the Lakotas [Sioux] were far away, and drove off about a hundred horses.

If this is the case with other tribes, I do not know of it, but I do know that it was never done among the Lakotas. Most old people were revered for their knowledge, and were never considered worthless members to be got rid of. Parental devotion was very strong and the old were objects of care and devotion to the last. They were never given cause to feel useless and unwanted, for there were duties performed only by the old and because it was a rigidly-kept custom for the young to treat their elders with respect.

On the following evening, he was usually required to repeat it. If he was not an apt scholar, he struggled long with his task; but, as a rule, the Indian boy is a good listener and has a good memory, so that the stories were tolerably well mastered. The household became his audience, by which he was alternately criticized and applauded. This sort of teaching at once enlightens the boy's mind and stimulates his ambition. His conception of his own future career becomes a vivid and irresistible force.

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