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The Vanishing Race

Dixon, Joseph Kossuth

ISBN 10: 1153806088 / ISBN 13: 9781153806084
Published by General Books, Memphis, Tennessee, 2010
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Title: The Vanishing Race

Publisher: General Books, Memphis, Tennessee

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Excerpt: the flint with which they made fire. All the time they were sharpening their knives they were looking around for the approach of the enemy. The fire steel was scarce, we had to use rocks most of the time. The knives we procured from the Hudson Bay Company. When we killed a buffalo bull, we placed him on his knees, then we began to skin him down the back of the neck, down the backbone, splitting it on each side. The cows we laid on their backs, and cut down the middle. We used the buffalo cowhide for buffalo robes; the buffalo bulls' hides were split down the pg 110 back because from this hide we made war shields, parflesche bags, and saddle blankets. The husbands would tell the wives to take care of the heads. The wives took the brains out of the buffalo skull and mixed them with the largest part of the liver, and after mixing well, used the brains and liver in tanning the hides. Then the wife was told to take out the tripe and skin it, for they used the skin as a bucket with which to carry water when they got home. They had strips of rawhide about three feet long and a quarter of an inch wide and tied the meat so that they could carry it home on the horses. They took the backbone after it had been cleaned of the flesh, and tied the meat to that and threw it over the back of the horse so that the load would not hurt the back of the horse. When we got home with the meat we unloaded. The men who had gone without their wives simply got off their horses and went into the tepee. The women rushed out to get the meat. Then the women took the horse with the meat on it to their father-in-law. Then the mother-in-law hurried to get the meal, taking the ribs of the buffalo, setting them up against the fire to roast. After the meat was cooked it was cut in slices and placed in a wooden bowl, and the mother-in-law took the meat over to the lodge of her son-in-law. That was all we had for our meal. We had no coffee or anything else to eat, but we made a good...

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A century ago, a Philadelphia philanthropist sponsored a series of journeys to the American West to document Native American cultures and traditions. The Wanamaker Expeditions, conducted between 1908 and 1913, visited Crow Agency, Montana, near the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn. In words and images, the expeditions recorded aspects oftribal lifestyle that were rapidly disappearing as Native Americans were pressured to assimilate into mainstream society. This book offers fascinating glimpses of life during that transitional period among the Crow, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Dakota, and other tribes of the northern plains.
The Wanamaker Expeditions organized a gathering of Native American chiefs from across the country for an event known as The Last Great Indian Council. This volume offers a fascinating record of speeches from the occasion along with the participants' renditions of folkloric tales and their firsthand accounts of Custer's Last Stand. Best of all, 80 historic photographs by Dr. Joseph K. Dixon offer a stunning gallery of scenes from Native American life, including reenactments of ceremonies and portraits of leaders in traditional regalia.
A Calla Edition, originally published by Doubleday, Page & Company, New York, 1914.
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Dr. Joseph K. Dixon
With the financial support of department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker, Baptist minister Joseph K. Dixon undertook the documentation of Native American life and lore during the early decades of the twentieth century. The Wanamaker Expedition, from which this book and its illustrations originated, involved the filming and photography of thousands of individuals from scores of tribes. The Vanishing Race remains an outstanding and authentic source of stories, speeches, reminiscences, and photographs for anyone with an interest in Native American history.
Joe D. Horse Capture
A citizen of the A'aninin Indian tribe of Montana, Joe D. Horse Capture is Associate Curator of the Collections Research and Documentation Department at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. Before joining the Smithsonian staff he worked for 15 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where he was Associate Curator of Native American Art and the institution's first Native American curator. He is the co-author of Beauty, Honor and Tradition: The Legacy of Plains Indian Shirts and From Our Ancestors: Art of the White Clay People. He has contributed to many publications including Shapeshifting Transformations in Native American Art.


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