|Hiawatha Pageant postcard, 1961, Pipestone, Minnesota|
Vesta, Minn 7/29/1961
Saw most of this pageant but had to quit because of rain. Cousin Steve has played the part of Hiawatha for 12 years. Got home late that nite to find high winds had uprooted trees - torn branches - flattened crops. Have gotten in on a number of "Clan gatherings" and visited in Mpls also saw Twins beat Washington Senators.
See you soon,
- I never understood the abbreviation "Nite", which only saves one letter off of "Night".
- Indians saying "How!" is something of a stereotype (along with Tonto-speak), but the word actually is part of the Sioux languages of that part of the US (Minnesota), even if not really a greeting, and I have actually heard a Native American use this word in greeting in conversation.
- I am glad it was a clan (family) gathering instead of a Klan gathering.
- Tipis as seen on the postcard are often part of stereotyped/simplified presentations of Native Americans. But unlike with "Hiawatha", Pipestone is an appropriate historical area for tipis'
- The situation with the Minnesota Twins and Washington Senators is confusing, because 1961 (the year the Smiths saw the ballgame) is the year that the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota and were renamed as the Twins, and also a new Washington Senators team was created.
- Click here to read of the importance of Pipestone to the Sioux (Dakota, Lakota, Yankton/Nakota) of that area of Minnesota.
- Hiawatha, as mentioned before, in its well known form is actually a fake legend associated with the Ojibway of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and has nothing to do with the Sioux people of the Pipestone area.
- To the right is a "Little Hiawatha" page from "Walt Disney Comics Digest" from 1968. These comics often contained the steretypical trappings associated with all Indians, including totem poles, which were found no where near Minnesota or Michigan.
|Disney "Hiawatha" comi|