By Richard Erdoes
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Storyteller, insurgent, medication guy, Lame Deer used to be born virtually a century in the past at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A full-blooded Sioux, he used to be many stuff within the white man’s world—rodeo clown, painter, prisoner. yet, mainly, he used to be a holy guy. Lame Deer’s tale is certainly one of a harsh early life and reckless manhood, a shotgun marriage and divorce, a historical past and folklore as wealthy this day as while first published—and of his fierce fight to maintain his delight intact, dwelling as a stranger in his personal ancestral land.
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I still sav it is mine. 3 The Green Frog Skin T he g r e e n frog skin—that’s what I call a dollar bill. In our atti tude toward it lies the biggest difference between Indians and whites. M y grandparents grew up in an Indian world without money. Just before the Custer battle the white soldiers had re ceived their pay. Their pockets were full of green paper and they had no place to spend it. What were their last thoughts as an Indian bullet or arrow hit them? I guess they were thinking of all that money going to waste, of not having had a chance to enjoy it, of a bunch of dumb savages getting their paws on that hardearned pay.
I busted a kitchen window once playing 36 Lame Deer—Seeker of Visions stickball. A fter that I never hit so good again. T h ey tried to make me play a slide trombone. I tore it apart and twisted it into a pretzel. That mean old teacher had a mouth like a pike and eyes to match. W e counted many coups upon each other and I still don’t know who won. Once, when they were after me again for some thing I didn’t do, I ran off. I got home and on m y horse. I knew the Indian police would come after me.
During m y time of wandering, my oyunmi, or roaming, period, I got into card games, got drunk or spent money on some girl. One w ay or another I had to sell m y fine saddle and take my fancy boots and doodads to the hock shop. So I didn’t care to make the rodeo circuit anymore. Somebody tried to give me a ' steady job as a ranch hand. ” I wasn’t through roaming yet. on, keeping me from settling down. I was still young, a born world-shaker, or just plain foolish. A fellow told me that spud pickers were needed in Nebraska, five cents a bushel.
Lame Deer Seeker of Visions by Richard Erdoes