Dahcotah eBook

Seth and Mary Eastman
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 267 pages of information about Dahcotah.

 1.  The giant.
 2.  A frog that the giant uses for an arrow-point.
 3.  A large bird that that the giant keeps in his court.
 4.  Another bird.
 5.  An ornament over the door leading into the court.
 6.  An ornament over a door.
 7.  Part of court ornamented with down.
 8.  Part of do. do. with red down.
 9.  A bear; 10. a deer; 11. an elk; 12. a buffalo.
13, 14.  Incense-offering.
15.  A rattle of deer’s claws, used when singing.
16.  A long flute or whistle.
17, 18, 19, 20.  Are meteors that the giant sends out for his defence,
    or to protect him from invasion.
21, 22, 23, 24.  The giant surrounded with lightnings, with which he
    kills all kinds of animals that molest him.
25.  Red down in small bunches fastened to the railing of the court. 26.  The same.  One of these bunches of red down disappears every time
    an animal is found dead inside the court.
27, 28.  Touchwood, and a large fungus that grows on trees.—­These are
    eaten by any animal that enters the court, and this food causes
    their death.
29.  A streak of lightning going from the giant’s hat.
30.  Giant’s head and hat. 31.  His bow and arrow.



Wah-Zee-Yah had a son who was killed by Etokah Wachastah, Man of the South.  Wah-zee-yah is the god of the winter, and Etokah Wachastah is the god of the summer.  When there is a cold spell early in the warm weather, the Dahcotahs say Wah-zee-yah is looking back.  When the son of Wah-zee-yah was killed, there were six on each side; the Beings of the south were too strong for those of the north, and conquered them.  When the battle was over, a fox was seen running off with one of the Beings of the north.

These gods of the Dahcotahs are said to be inferior to the Great Spirit; but if an Indian wants to perform a deed of valor, he prays to Haokah the Giant.  When they are in trouble, or in fear of anything, they pray to the Great Spirit.  You frequently see a pole with a deer-skin, or a blanket hung to it; these are offerings made to the Great Spirit, to propitiate him.  White Dog, who lives near Fort Snelling, says he has often prayed to the Great Spirit to keep him from sin, and to enable him and his family to do right.  When he wishes to make an offering to the Great Spirit, he takes a scarlet blanket, and paints a circle of blue in the centre, (blue is an emblem of peace,) and puts ten bells, or silver brooches to it.  This offering costs him $20.  Christians are too apt to give less liberally to the true God.  When White Dog goes to war, he makes this offering.

White Dog says he never saw the giant, but that “Iron Members,” who died last summer, saw one of the giants several years ago.

Iron Members was going hunting, and when he was near Shah-co-pee’s village, he met the Giant.  He wore a three-cornered hat, and one side was bright as the sun; so bright one could not look upon it; and he had a crooked thing upon his shoulder.

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