The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 62
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
few remarks made sometimes amusing, sometime serious, were en-
joyed by these old men with all the gusto of youth; one would call
out "give me a corn shuck," another "where are the seven stars,"
another replied by saying, "never mind, we are going to stay here
all night"; nearly all were smoking cigarritos; so passed the time,
the spirit seemed to move none more than to dancing and con-
fesing in song to one and another their little faults and hatred.
Around the walls were hung some of their finery. The dancers
held in their hands Hawks feathers, and by rolling the hands over
would bring them against their faces, seeming to imbibe excite-
m [e]nt from them, through the nose.
The cold became to severe for me, and I left reflecting on these
people, their contentment, happiness and simplicity.
The Guitar is made of small Terapin shells, the edges fasened
to-gether with dried beans put inside, several of these compose the
'instrument, by running a stick through the centre, the music ? has
the same melodious captivating sound that a "Childs rattle"
The performer seated on a low stool - hewn from the solid
wood - his face indicating memory, love, forgetfulness, and all
other feelings consequent upon hearing music, where it affects the
hearer, th[r]owing his body into various swaying motions, seem-
ing concious that he was the most important pe[r]son in the
g[r]oup, was the most amusing part of the spectacle; at the con-
clusion of each song or dance; the old men would utter a prolonged
H = a ! to evince their satisfaction.
These Indians are small in statue, but well formed, seeming to
enjoy good health and are p[r]obably the most contented people
on earth. U. S. does nothing for them. They are fond of gambling
and during the winter, time is spent with the least possible labor.
The interpreter tells me that by the advice of their Physician
(an Indian) the Sweating bath is used to promote health. The
Bath house is made of poles and mud, air tight, heated with fire;
after the hot bath they jump into the cold stream; this bath would
suffocate any one, but an Indian; the house is filled with smoke,
how they bear it I can't understand.
One of their most peculiar ceremonies is the "living Burial." A
Maiden when she arrived at that period where nature indicates
her aproximation to womanhood, is buried for some time, in the
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933, periodical, 1933; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101093/m1/70/: accessed February 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.