Visit to a Dance near Cannon Ball, April 25, 1920. Col. A. B. Welch participates in the “Wounded Man’s” Dance

 Col. A. B. Welch participates in the “Wounded Man’s” Dance

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This evening I accompanied the members of the Mandan Indian Shriners to an Indian dance at the round hall near the Gun Sight Buttes.  Arrived there about nine oclock; was met at the door and taken by Master of Ceremonies to the place of honor.  After many hand shakes, I addressed them, and then dancing started.

Many different dances were given, among them being War Dance; War Mothers; Wounded men’s dance; Coyote Dance; Rabbit Dance; side-step, etc.

The treated us nicely and tried to make the strange men feel at home.  Four old men beat the hand drums and sung a song of old times.  War-women and men in single file danced in opposite directions.

At last one of the men was wounded and fell.  Old Shoot Holy ran to him  – made him bite a root of some sort, breathed several times into his mouth, and his eyes then opened and the Medicine Man carried him away.

Photo of Shoot Holy and His Road, 1926

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Then in a dance of the White Horse Riders members, the same dance was given and I was the one selected to carry the wounded man away. This was a man named BuckleyMrs. Two Bears danced besides me during this dance, as her son had enlisted under me in 1917 and had been killed in France.

I was presented a pipe by Shoot Holy.  Also old White Lightning gave me a pair of beaded and porcupine-lined moccasins.  Several women and men gave various things  – a war bonnet; money; two horses; etc., in my name.  Some of these presents went to the War Mothers; some to the White Horse Riders; others to the 4th of July Dance Committee.

Famous men there included Red Tomahawk.

 

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