Sunday, March 13, 2011

Indian Chief

Welcome to Red Man week, where we will spend the week looking at pictures of Native Americans. This picture is of Whirling Horse. I consider this photograph to be a classic, and shows the man with full head dress, buckskin clothing, and blanket. It is believed that Whirling Horse was a member of a Wild West Show, possibly Buffalo Bill Cody's. So, in looking at the picture we must wonder whether this is the way he looked as a traditional Indian person, or whether this is how Buffalo Bill told him he should dress for the show.

I will now be taking bets on how long before I get PC attacked for calling this "Red Man" week instead of "Indigenous Plains Persons" week.


  1. Good morning, Mr. PJM,

    OMG, this is so wrong!

    Some of the Red Men were also Indigenous Mountain Persons.

    Thanks for the work you put into this blog, and for the photos. This looks to be another good week.

  2. Ha, if you had posted that one as your mystery person, I would still be guessing.
    What do you mean how long before you catch heck from the PC police?
    You already did in your yesterdays blog from anon, but signed out as Deacon

  3. Roger,

    Good catch . . . I had missed that comment yesterday.

    The attack has commenced. We will see if I can hold my ground all week, or if I will fold like a cheap lawn chair and rename if "Indigenous Personhood" week.

  4. Noting your wit, PJM, I'm expecting you to slip in a particular barn-side painted tobacco advertisement one day this week.

  5. From yesterday's comments--Get a life, Deacon. Also Dickinson State College in Dickinson, ND had to change their mascot name. rwm

  6. The State of North Dakota Senate just voted on Friday. The vote was 28 to 15. It states that the University of North Dakota has to keep it's "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo. So by law now, UND has to retain the "Fighting Sioux" nickname. And if the NCAA puts any sanctions on UND, the State will file a anti trust suit against the NCAA.

  7. Did Whirling Horse ever play hockey for the University of North Dakota or am I barking up the wrong totem pole?

  8. Wrong totem pole.
    I don't even know if he was a Sioux Indian or what tribe he belong to.
    I do know the "Williams and Ree" stand up comedians, also known as "The Indian and the White Guy" are going to play here in Grand Forks and the show is sold out, so they have added a second show.
    Ree is the Indian of the two and he is a Sioux. He said he is proud to be called a Sioux and he is proud that UND calls themselves "The Fighting Sioux".

  9. God I love their culture !!

    Its really beautiful )

  10. Oh my goodness! How insensitive can you be?!? Must we submit ourselves to read this barrage of non-stop hatred?

    I was happy when I saw that you recognized that Red Man week would be renamed, but really, Indigenous Plains Persons week? Even Joe's comment about including Mountain Persons doesn't really do justice. You see, we're still calling them persons, which neglects the other biological life that was also here (e.g., bears, fish, and the like). So perhaps you're thinking Indigenous Creature week, but creature is exclusive of non-living matter that was also here (rocks, dirt), so Indigenous Thing week gets closer to what you're looking for. Then again, the Indians weren't indigenous (see Kennewick Man), so maybe you should just drop the Indigenous part altogether and go with Thing week. Of course Thing implies material objects and the immaterial was a big part of the Indian world, so may I recommend just "Week." I know that week is still exclusive of other time periods, but far less offensive than your original choices.

  11. From yesterday's comments--Get a life, Deacon.

    Actually I have a life and a really good one.....Thanks for asking.
    I didn't mean to cause any dissension on this website because I do enjoy it on a regular basis for several reasons....because photography is a major hobby for me and I like Texas where I have several friends and assoicates. But it behoves me as a human being to point out anything that is offensive. It is through this that some people learn and words can be often more harmful than the blade of a sword because they affect not just one person but a race of people and generations.
    With all the choices that there are to pick from when it comes to giving Native people a 'label'....Red Man wasn't the best. A First Nations person is no more red than a Muslim person is a camel herder, or a Black person is a jungle bunny.
    We should respect all races of people ....and it starts with the little things.

    Deacon from Canada.

  12. I started folling this blog about late december, and enjoy the good natured humor & ribbing as well as the history lessons. It seems to be getting more & more political though; my first glimpse of this came with the Jimmy Carter Bashing, during gas station week which of course compares gas prices now with soaring prices then. Then, following bashing the huge unemployed population today while admiring the tenacity of the depression survivors there was the aborted union thug week (why not robber baron week?)
    I have no problem with my ancestors being refered to as "Red Men"; even the guy who did have a problem used the term "black man" which is a color followed by man. I'm mostly a "white man" (& pasty at that) but have "red" ancestors. They refer to themselves as red. Lets just enjoy the pictures and the history and calm down about the politics, please.
    By the way Nate, as long as we're at it; we either all migrated from Eden, or Ethiopia (per Leaky's Lucy) depending on your outlook, but your humor is well taken.

  13. oh please!!!
    Is is a beautiful photo of a beautiful human being. As they all are and I am looking forward to tomorrow.

  14. PJM,
    I'm waiting for the PETA crowd to chime in on the buckskin clothes and use of eagle feathers.

    A camel herder is an actual vocation. I believe the term you were looking for is camel jockey.


  15. John,
    I believe Camel Jockey actually is a profession as well. Camel racing is still practiced in many places in the Middle East.

  16. ENM at 2:57 PM, LOL, very funny :)

    Deacon at 4:45 PM... no, really, get a real life.

    azule at 6:14 PM... personally, I migrated here from Oregon via Washington (state). Never have been in Eden (except Eden, NC) nor Ethiopia.

    John at 8:10 & Anon at 8:15... so true, very funny.

    Fun comments, thank you all.

  17. Dearest Deacon:
    I am a native American yet I am not red. Now, let's all sit back and enjoy the pretty pictures.

    Try this:
    Years ago, my mother used to say to me, she’d say “In this world, Elwood, you can be oh so so smart, or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart…I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. - Elwood P. Dowd

  18. As a Cherokee descendent, I am proud of my heritage. I do not mind the words "Indian" or "Red man." I do not thin my ancestors would have had a problem with it either.

    That's me though. I love checking out this blog every morning. The pictures are great and the narratives are fantastic.

  19. Oh for heaven's sake. Stop the rhetoric comments about this. 'Indian' is not offensive. 'Redman' is not offensive. All this political correctness crap. I was born here in the United States of America. That makes ME a native American in every sense of the word.

  20. Elwood P. Dowd . . . I'm with you. I'm just going to be "pleasant". But sure do enjoy the Old Photos . . . and the comments. Keep 'em coming!

    My priority is not to always be "right" : ) Pleasant is okay with me.

  21. this is beautiful )

    they are awesome )


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