The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 185
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under those conditions, that links the sketches. Spear Girl's
encounter with a strange trader is no more confusing than
many other Kiowa contacts with other peoples. When she
thanked him for some sweet he had given her, he smiled and
said something that sounded like Sta wano; so she guessed
that was his name for it. Later, examining a hide, he said, Si
sta wano, but this time he seemed to mean the hide instead of
the other stuff. It was all very strange.
It was during the house-building winter (1883-84) that Eagle
Plume was initiated into the mysteries of peyote by Quanah,
the Comanche chief. Once in a while, people got up and went
out of the tipi for a few minutes and came back again, but
something seemed to be holding Eagle Plume right where he
was. There was a pressure against him that would not let him go,
and at the same time he did not want to be let go. "The fire held
his eyes and the songs held his heart until sound and flames
were the same thing, and he couldn't tell what he saw from
what he heard." He now had a new power to help his Grand-
Alice Marriot is an ethnologist. She has served in the Division
of Indian Arts and Crafts for the Department of the Interior,
as a field research fellow for the Laboratory of Anthropology
in Santa Fe and for the Department of Anthropology in the
University of Oklahoma. In addition to two summers' residence
among the Kiowas, she has devoted more than eight years to
research and to writing the story of a people who have never
before told their own story. Her book is an innovation. She
has used her training to tell a story in such a way that it will
satisfy both her fellow scholars and the lay public.
This is the twenty-sixth book issued by the University of
Oklahoma Press in the "Civilization of the American Indians"
Series. An unusual feature is the inclusion of the Kiowa
Calendars. The Kiowa year count, a painted mnemonic record,
begins with 1832-33, when the Kiowas captured money from
white traders. From that year on, each summer and each winter
is named for a specific event. A few examples:
1832-33 The Winter the Stars Fell
1861-62 Smallpox Winter
1870-71 Negroes Killed in Texas
1898 Camp Meeting at Rainy Mountain Church.
Edinburg Junior College
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