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DANCING MAKES RAIN
miscellaneous Indians, gathered together a group of tribes
living between the Great Lakes and the state of Missouri,
and herded them south into Oklahoma. Eastern Oklahoma
belonged to the Five Civilized Tribes, then independent
treaty-making nations with "No Trespassing" signs around
their borders. Western Oklahoma belonged to the peoples
of the High and Southern Plains--the Kiowa and Coman-
che; Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho, and they didn't need
to put up signs. People automatically left them alone, in
Remained the middle of the state; the bone-dry or flood-
swept Cross Timbers country, where you still "can't raise a
row 'less you go there mad," and into that the mild-man-
nered middle westerners were herded, and there they were
told to make a living farming.
It was a hard pull for everybody. The Kickapoo had
more spirit or less industry than the Sauk and the Fox, the
Iowa and the Pottawatomi. They slipped by twos and threes
and families out of the Cross Timber country and south
across the line into Mexico. There are still some of them
living down there, and many younger people were born in
Musquiscoweela, as they call it, all in one word.
Living was hard, and missionaries came among the Kick-
apoo. The two combined to obscure the old religion. Nobody
had energy enough for dancing, even religious dances. Be-
tween 1900 and 1933 there just about stopped being any
old religion. This is not the place to talk about all of the
substitutes that the Kickapoo tried and discarded.
But on Easter morning, 1933, a young woman went down
to the creek early in the morning, to get water. She looked
across at the opposite bank as she filled her lard bucket, and
among the bushes she saw two fine young Indian men. They
were strangers; she had never seen them before. They were
Kickapoo; she knew by the way they wore their hair. And
they were dressed as men were in the old days; in breech-
clouts and moccasins, with no superfluous frills.
The young men spoke to her. There and then they told
her the order of the old dances and ceremonies through the
year, and the order of each one through its day. They told
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From Hell to Breakfast (Book)
This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society contains popular folklore of Texas and Mexico, including religious anecdotes, stories about Native American dances, stories about petroleum and oil fields, folk songs, legends, customs and other miscellaneous folklore. The index begins on page 205.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. From Hell to Breakfast, book, 1944; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67649/m1/97/: accessed June 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.