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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Little Stories of the Dakota Territory in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s

Story No. 1…SITTING BULL AND  THE BOTTLE OF HORSE RADISH     Story No. 2…CHIEF JOHN GRASS COMMENTS TO WELCH (1915) ON THE EVILS OF WHISKEY AND ADULTERY     Story No. 3…LITTLE BRAVE AND HIS PINTO PONY     Story No. 4…HOW “BRISTLING” GOT HIS NAME     Story No. 5...HOW BLOODY KNIFE DIED WITH CUSTER     Story No. 6...ALBERT GRASS DIED A TRUE WARRIOR IN THE TRENCHES OF FRANCE, 1918     Story No. 7...MRS. WELCH DINES WITH SITTING BULL     Story No. 8...He-Yo-Ka     Story No. 9…SIOUX VENGEANCE     Story No. 10…THUNDERBIRD – (Red Fish Pictograph, 1915)     Story No. 11…THE SIOUX ADOPT A BRAVE ENEMY  ...

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Welch Dakota Papers, Summarization

This Blog contains ALL the Alfred Burton Welch documents that have survived his death in 1945.  I received the material in the late 1950’s.  My Grandfather (A. B. Welch’s brother) had crammed notes, manuscripts, photos, clippings and small artifacts into old steamer trunks, loose and not indexed in any fashion. Immediately upon A. B. Welch’s death, his Indian Friends came calling on my Grandfather (who was staying at Welch’s home in Mandan, North Dakota) to pay their respects to the white man they had treated as an Indian.  However, they then began foraging around the house and retrieving items that they had given (or sold) to A. B. Welch…..as this practice was apparently in keeping with Indian tradition.  My Grandfather was forced to join the...

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Chief John Grass misc. information:–Angela Boleyn’s letters, notes and references from Fort Yates Documents

  Chief John Grass…Angela Boleyn’s letters, notes and references from Fort Yates Documents as she was researching and writing “The Chief’s Story” in the early 1940’s (She mailed this material to Col. Welch for his comments…some items may have already appeared in other posts.) This is a collection of “very” random material, citing references to Chief John Grass.  Not very exciting BUT it may hold some little nuggets of information of value to this era’s scholars and to the Grass Family        ...

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Mandan to Acapulco, 1937. Just a fun trip.

  Col. Welch had a very enjoyable and informative trip….an interesting look at Mexico-1937…. his diary is well-flavored with photos, clippings, maps and labels of exotic booze ******************************************* Highlighted Stages of the Adventure Preamble…A visit to the Alamo On to Mexico Monterey On the way, again, to Mexico City On the Camino Sinuoso A Visit to a Native Casa (8′ x12′) A Visit to Puebla A Digression But, to return to the city of Puebla and the Government’s Seizure of Catholic Property. Back to “Mexico” and a Bull Fight A Trip to San Juan Teotihuacan Xochimilco On to Acapulco Taxco Iguala Ciudad Bravos Acapulco Heading Home from this City of 13,000  ...

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Some Traders, Explorers, Agents & Military in Dakota Territory

  Col. A. B. Welch’s notes, clippings and photos *************************************** Archambault, H.A. (1840-1923) and Louis (d.1813) Ashley Expeditions (fur trading in Upper Missouri):      Fink, Carpenter & Talbot, 1822-23      Bridger, Vazquex, Soublette, & more 1822-23   Atkinson Expedition, 1825..(to the Yellowstone) Beede, A.McG..(Indian History cohort of Welch) Belk, Captain..(carried first rail over Missouri at Mandan) Fraser, Simon, 1803 Expedition to the Pacific..(quotes from original, unpublished doc) Garreau, Pierre..(on his escape from the Assinoboine) Gerrard, Fred..(early settler in Mandan area) Godfrey, General Edward Settle (1841-1932)..(Indian Wars and WWI veteran) Godfrey’s participation in the Battle of the Little...

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