The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 235
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between the arrows of different tribes is detailed. The Indian
sharpened a knife only on one bevel, and Wooden Leg said, "I
see no need for grinding both sides of a knife's blade." Smok-
ing tobacco was made by shaving plug tobacco and mixing it with
kinnikinnick, the half dried inner bark of the red willow. The
Indian dress is described, and we are told why an Indian dressed
carefully for war- he wanted to be ready to die, to meet the
Great Medicine in his best form. The warbonnet was reserved
for the bravest of the brave, men who never flinched from death.
Men, even of great achievement, did not have to wear it. Some
considered it ostentatious and left it off from modesty. Mirrors
were used for signalling; rifle barrels were cut off to make buffalo
guns for use on horseback. Four arrows was the standard al-
lowance for killing a buffalo. To kill the animal with one arrow
was wonderful. Everything pertaining to horse gear, except the
saddle frame, was made from the buffalo. Fish lines were of
horsehair, plaited. Rabbits were twisted from hollow trees with
forked sticks. The staple food was buffalo meat, but antelope,
beaver, rabbit, prairie chickens, bear, fish and turtles were good.
Otter and wolf are not good. Wolf pups "taste good if one be
hungry." Dogs are the same as wolves. Wooden Leg said, "An
old dog or wolf being boiled sickens me. Boiling pups give out
almost as bad an odor." Fire was made with pulverized buffalo
chips. "Spark, kindle, blow, spark, kindle, blow, until a small
blaze is started. Then put on twiggs or grass, then small wood,
then large wood. Buffalo chips in their natural chunks made
good wood." The dead were buried on scaffolds or set in caves
and covered with rocks. A man might have more than one wife,
rarely more than two, but some had three. The wives were
usually sisters; they got on better and were not so jealous. A
Cheyenne was never put to death for a crime. For murder he
was tried and driven from the tribe for two years. He followed
the tribe and lived near it, but was not of it. The disgrace lasted
through life. Cheyennes committed suicide, especially the women.
There is a chapter on making medicine. This is a revelation of
the Indian mode of worship.
There is in this book some comic relief, but the closing note
is one of tragedy. It is not that the effect is sought; the tragedy
pervades the whole story without conscious effort on the part of
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