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You might be interested to know that in 1991 I started work
on the biography of the-talking-crow, a Native American herbal
healer who plied his trade in northeast Kansas and southeast
Nebraska amongst the white settlers from 1873-1924. His claim
to the name the-talking-crow was his ability to detect by
smell the presence of men or game up to a mile away, and his
hearing was about the same category--he could hear game rustling
around up to about a mile. He was working for Bill Cody as
a railroad scout and I suspect Cody used him to tell him where
the buffalo were so Cody could win the name "Buffalo"
Bill. In other words, Cody cheated a little. His Indian name
the-talking-crow is the reason I stopped by your site just
to find out if you see any conflict between the two usages.
(PS: I might add that while t-t-c was a Sioux captive at
age 10 his adoptive indian mom was from the crow tribe , she
also being a captive of the Sioux.)
Link: for more information about the remarkable Mr. Wollenberg,
see the Topeka Capital-Journal article by Lisa Sandmeyer:
lanterns a fascination for local man
Enticed by a love of history and fascination with gadgets,
a Topekan is re-creating magic lanterns in his garage with
a view toward taking his show on the road...
The article is principally about the "magic lantern"
projectors that amazed our great-grandparents before the advent
of the moving pictures. Lisa Sandmeyer also writes of "The
Legacy of Talking Crow," Mr. Wollenberg's "story
of Indian John, a medicine man who lived in this area 100
years ago. His cures were legendary, said Wollenberg, who
has published biographical papers on Indian John. He also
has the recipes for the herbal cures. But that's another story."
|The talking crow paradox: What if the black bird that says,
"I am a talking crow" is a Raven? - JHN, 2/8/2002
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