A Taste of This Week's INDIAN HELPER

I just posted the July 17, 1891 issue of the INDIAN HELPER. Some excerpts and themes that intrigued me:

Stacy Matlack (Pawnee student) weighed in on cowboys and Indians out in Indian Territory trading Bibles for guns.

In an article describing the process of making bows and arrows, the writer decided that in order to disable Indians' weapons of precisioned destruction, all ash trees in the country, would have to be chopped down.

Hawking the book, Stiya, written by the school's own Man-on-the-band-stand, a critic boldly asserts that the book presents a realistic life of a Pueblo village. From the article:
"This story deserves a wide reading not only for its considerable literary merit but much more for the good its author evidently meant to accomplish by arousing our sympathy for the Indian and our interest in the cause of his enlightenment."

A bit of 1890's intellectual imperialism not lost on those of us appalled at the present state of foreign affairs.

We learn "Julia Dorris is living for the summer at Ridley Park, Pa. That she enjoys her country home is evidenced by the following. She says: 'This is a lovely place. Today I baked bread and I wish you were here to see my bread, for it was very nice indeed. I suppose the folks thought that a little wild Indian girl could not bake bread.'"

Some important history about the Oneida musician: "Dennison Wheelock has been appointed band-master for our school. This is a responsible place and we are sure that Dennison has the musical knowledge as well as poise of character to fill it creditably."

And those in need of a bit of R & R, are "rusticating at Mrs. Howe's in Hunter's Run in the mountains." A lovely spot, to be sure, and a stone's throw from where I sit, transcribing the news.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Stacy Matlack was a relative of mine who worked to build respect among whites for the tribes in Nebraska and elsewhere. He died 1922 in Oregon and was buried at Riverview cemetery, Cowley County Kansas. Thanks for the posting with this piece of his life.