(Spotted Tail). Photograph by Northwestern Photographic Company.
Photo Lot 24, BAE 4544 #38, Inv. 00551000
Wednesday A.M. Rainy again and we cant get on. Buffalo-chip
is a Medicine man, has little positive humor, rather sober and
dignified. A queer childish consciousness. He wears the scalp
lock. This morning he took a stick and with queer mumblings,
he raised it to and fro. This was to gain better weather. It
is a strange thing to sit opposite and witness veritable, heathen
performances. One realizes the power and gift of spiritual life
by the blessed Lord. I needed to see all this to realize the
verity of "I am the way, the truth and the life".
The darkness and paucity of their mental life is pitiful. Buffalo-chip
is far behind Wajapa who is free and blithe in comparison.
This A.M. I have been teaching Wajapa more arithmetic, addition
by object lessons in plums, trying to make the figures a verity
to him. One feels so sorry for them, so longs to broaden and
deepen and brighten their life.
Deer are reported ahead. We are promised deer to eat, and I
have asked for the antlers. By Indian rule the skin belongs
to the owner of the gun. As Buffalo-chip owns the gun they will
be his. The antlers are thrown away, so I may get mine.
Spotted Tail was made by the government, Head Chief. He was
only a subordinate chief. This angered the people and also that
he had a salary from Government, and was sustained by it against
the Indians. Government aims to turn the soldier lodge into
a police and it pays them a salary.
Spotted Tail received all the money from Government.
I sketched Wajapa's profile. When I said I was going to, he
sprang up and said in his hearty, impulsive loud voice, "I
will go and wash my face". I laughed, thinking it a joke,
but it was not, he returned and his face glossy, his hair combed
and shining and sat down by me. That was queer to experience.
We had more arithmetic, while Buffalo-chips wife went
out and gathered Kinikinick and Buffalo-chip made a sort of
screen to dry it on the sticks which had been stripped of the
inner bark, and weaving in and out of the three prongs (Sketch)
- split partly down the stick. Buffalo-chip says, that Rabbit
says, "We use too much salt over the fire". In earnest,
he said, "The Rabbit says, after".
Spotted Tail was not shot on account of the woman. This woman
left her husband and went off to Spotted Tail. The husband appealed
to the council and the council decided the woman must return
and Spotted Tail give four horses to the husband who was poor.
The man was a Yankton, the woman a Sioux. They were visiting
Spotted Tail, when the elopement occurred. The decision of the
Council was obeyed. Crow-dog who killed Spotted Tail was
in no way connected with this Yankton man. Spotted Tail
had flogged a younger brother in some quarrel and Crow-dog was
chief of the Soldier Lodge. Spotted Tail deposed him from office.
Some land had been sold to a R.R. One day Crow-dog saw much
money with Spotted Tail and accused him of keeping back the
money, so a coolness sprang up, and bye and bye Spotted Tail
heard that a woman of this kind was in the tribe and he knew
that Crow-dog was the only one who could stand it and so he