Welcome to Col. A. B. Welch Dakota Papers

Welch Dakota Papers consists of several thousand pages of personal interviews, writings, newspaper clippings, and photographs, many dealing with  mid to late 1800’s Oral Histories of the Sioux, Arikara, Hidatsa and Mandan Tribes.  All From the Collection of Col. A. B. Welch (1874-1945). On the left-use the Master Index to get an overview of this website’s content.  On the right hand side of the website are all the categories developed from over 50 years of researching and indexing Col. A. B. Welch’s collection.   Edited and published by:  Everett Cox, nephew of Col. Welch, and Catherine Cox-Rivers.

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WAR DRUMS OF THE 1800’s, Warriors of the Sioux, Arikara, Mandan and Hidatsa speak of their Battles. NOW ON KINDLE!

This new book is a significant improvement on the web site entry. We have learned a lot about creating books since the material for the web site was first entered.     Col. A.B. Welch (Author, 1924), Everett Cox (Editor), Catherine Cox Rivers (Editor).     Be the first to review this item:   http://www.amazon.com/War-Drums-1800s-Warriors-Arikara-ebook/dp/B00Q12VDCA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420043848&sr=1-1&keywords=war+drums+of+the+1800%27s.    Then type in to Search:  War Drums of the 1800’s.    Kindle Price: $6.49     Book Description Publication Date: December 30, 2014 A rare and deeply personal look into the lives of Dakota Indian warriors during the mid to late...

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War Drums (Genuine War Stories from the Sioux, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara), written by Col. A. B. Welch, a

Until 1883 there was no restriction by the Government on Indians Killing each other…This might help you to better understand some of the cruelty and seemingly senseless killing in their battles.   ***************************************************************** Story No. 1:  Death of Montana Miners and Burning of the Boat ***************************************************************** Story No. 2: The Stone by the Road ***************************************************************** Story No. 3: The Battle of the Buttes ***************************************************************** Story No. 4: “Last Hill Village” fight  ***************************************************************** Story No. 5: The Sioux fight at Berthold            ...

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Sioux Nation Pow-Wow and the Making of a Movie, Nov 17, 1912

Where,  Oh Where, is this extremely valuable and historic film? (Circular Family Letter written by A. B. Welch, Nov. 17, 1912)  Blow-up  of Detail in the above...

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A. B. Welch letter of October 22, 1913 describing visit to Fort Yates and discussions about Custer with “Old Timers”

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Winter Counts, their Pictographic Histories

Winter Counts, their Pictographic Histories

 This post contains images and stories of 6 Winter Counts.    Winter Counts are a pictorial representation of the tribes oral calendar.    Each year is depicted by one significant event in the life of that tribe.   This section starts with a newspaper article documenting a talk that A.B. Welch gave the Rotarians of Bismarck N.D.     Welch Speaks to Rotarians,  Explains “Winter Counts” of Sioux Nation Since 1785.   INDEX     Blue Thunder’s Winter Count.     American Horse’s Winter Count.     A Hunkpapa Winter Count.     Jaws’ Winter Count.    Lone Dog’s Winter Count.     No Two Horns’ Winter Count.    ...

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Tipis

Tipis and stories associated with several of them, including a huge tipi presented to Col. Welch on July 7, 1915. — Photo of Welch Tipi in field, July 7, 1915.  — Close-up photo of Welch Tipi in field, July 7, 1915. — Photo of Adolph Wise Spirit’s tipi in field with Welch tipi.  — Photo of Welch tipi, standing, in 1923.  — Photo detail of Welch tipi pictographs. — Photo of Welch tipi enlargments. — Photo of Welch tipi enlarged to show horse’s tail at top. Horse’s tail attributed to Circling Hawk and the Little Big Horn fight. — Photo of top of Welch’s tipi. — Full description and background of Welch tipi as typed by Welch. — Photo of unidentified tipi from very old...

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