The Choctaw of Bayou Lacomb, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, Issues 48-51

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1909 - Arizona - 37 pages
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Page 26 - As a man was not allowed to marry a girl who belonged to his ogla, often the women were obliged to make a long journey before seeing the two chiefs, whose villages were frequently a considerable distance apart. After all necessary arrangements had been made, a day was fixed for the ceremony. Many of the man's friends and relatives accompanied him to the girl's village, where they seem to have had what may be termed "headquarters" of their own. As the time for the ceremony drew near, the woman with...
Page 22 - This is 30 inches in height and 15 inches in diameter. It is made of a section of a black gum tree: the cylinder wall is less than 2 inches in thickness. The head consists of a piece of untanned goat skin. The skin is stretched over the open end, while wet and pliable, and is passed around a hoop made of hickory about half an inch thick. A similar hoop is placed above the first. To the second hoop are attached four narrow strips of rawhide, each of which is fastened to a peg passing diagonally through...
Page 31 - His head is small and his face shriveled and evil to look upon; his body is that of a man. His legs and feet are those of a deer, the former being covered with hair and the latter having cloven hoofs. He lives in low, swampy places, away from the habitations of men. When hunters go near his abiding place, he quietly slips up behind them and calls loudly, then turns and runs swiftly away.
Page 32 - It had been a dry season and there was very little food for Deer, consequently he had become thin and rather weak. One day Deer met 'Possum and exclaimed: 'Why! Possum, how very fat you are. How do you keep so fat when I can not find enough to eat?
Page 30 - The men were not killed, but when daylight came and they made their way from beneath the rocks and began to speak to one another, all were astounded as well as alarmed — they spoke various languages and could not understand one another. Some continued thenceforward to speak the original tongue, the language of the Choctaw, and from these sprung the Choctaw tribe. The others, who could not understand this language, began to fight among themselves. Finally they separated.
Page 11 - The skins are then put into the water, where they are allowed to remain several hours, or sometimes during the night. A hole filled with water, containing several skins, is shown beneath the ax handle in plate 11, a. After the skin has become sufficiently soaked and softened, it is taken from the water and spread over the end of a beam, as shown in plate 11, a. In this position the hair is readily removed by the use of an instrument resembling a modern drawknife, and, although a piece of metal is...
Page 22 - The snake dance closed the ceremony. -a — *Ta yo we lia ta yo we ha ta yo we ha ta yo we ha The Bayou Lacomb Choctaw always danced at night, never during daylight hours, the snake dance, the last of the seven, ending at dawn. This agrees with the statement made by Bossu just one and a half centuries ago that "nearly all the gatherings of the Chactas take place at night.
Page 19 - black' turned up counted one point; all 'white' turned up counted either five or seven points, according to the number of kernels used. Any number of persons could play at the same time, but usually there were omly two." The great ball game of the Choctaw, so often mentioned by the early writers, is known to the people of Lacomb, and a variation of the game is now played by them. At the present time the children know several games played by the whites. Marbles and tag being among them. Dances. The...
Page 21 - Of the seven dances this appears to have been the great favorite as it was also the last. The dancers form in a single line, either grasping hands or each holding on to the shoulder of the dancer immediately in front. First come the men, then the women, and lastly the boys and girls, if any are to dance. The first man in the line is naturally the leader; he moves along in a serpentine course, all following. Gradually he leads the dancers around and around until finally the line becomes coiled, in...
Page 19 - ... hid it under either the same or another hat. Then the second player on the opposite side had three guesses. If a player guessed under which hat the object was hidden, he in turn became the leader. Unfortunately, those who described the game could not recall how the points were counted. They agree, however, that the side having the greater number of points made by the six players combined, won.