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[034] A Song of the March

A Song of the March

A Song of the March [K]

_Sioux_


    Now set up the tipi,
    Now set up the tipi,
    Around the bottom,
    Around the bottom,
    Drive in the pegs,
    Drive in the pegs,
    In the meantime I shall cook,
    In the meantime I shall cook.

"To those who know the Indian life it brings up a vivid picture of a prairie band on the march, halting at noon or in the evening. As soon as the halt is called by some convenient stream, the women jump down and release the horses from ... the travois, in the olden times, and hobble them to prevent them from wandering away. Then, while some of the women set up the tipi poles, draw the canvas over them, and drive in the pegs around the bottom and the wooden pins up the side, other women take axes and buckets and go down to the creek for wood and water. When they return, they find the tipis set up and the blankets spread out on the grass, and in a few minutes fires are built and the meal is in preparation."

FOOTNOTE:
[K] James Mooney.

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