Thursday, November 30, 2023

The Great Road Trip 2017.....Part Twenty One/Day Seventeen

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Part Three of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Four of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Five of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Six of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Seven of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Eight of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Nine of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Ten of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Eleven of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
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Part Fifteen of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE 
Part Sixteen of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Seventeen of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE 
Part Eighteen of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE
Part Nineteen of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE 
Part Twenty of the Great Western Road Trip is HERE

So we left off with the Buffalo Bill Cody exhibit last time.

Back out into the common area was a Kentucky Flintlock .45 Rifle.
My 7 x Great Grandfather, Robert Baker, and his brothers were the developers of the predecessors of this muzzle loading long rifle that was the stock and trade in the frontier of America from the time of the American Revolution onward.
They were awarded a patent from King William to produce these firearms outside of Philadelphia and once the Revolution happened they turned to producing weapons for the rebelling colonists. I am related to these folks through my maternal Great Grandmother, Lucy Baker.

Then Hubs and I both went into the extensive Native American exhibit.

Lots of examples of pottery and items of daily life of the Plains Indians.

A teepee set up like the one we stayed in on the trip West.....

A tanned hide with pictoral detailing, probably a ceremonial cape.

Plains Indians were a nomadic peoples, following the food supply to hunt.

A beautiful example of a ceremonial chief's headdress

More tools made from metals available.....

A buffalo headdress fir ceremonial and spiritual occasions.  Only elite males of the tribe wore these.

Various weapons used by Plains Indians.  Once they had contact with and traded with the English the "shooting sticks" became a popular item.

A War Lodge.  When traveling through enemy territory these were temporary shelters for Plains Indians.  Being sticks they didn't draw attention to whom might be inside.

Some examples of weaving and an early photo of a native family wearing hand woven garments.

A bone breastplate or chest armor was a popular ornamentation worn by warriors.  They were made of hair pipe bones(from buffalo or birds), attached around the neck with leather thongs and were often decorated with beading.  I bet this was a powerful visual being worn by a warrior(and offered some protection to the chest area).

A bead embellished handmade horse saddle blanket.

A Plains Indian on a horse pulling a litter of goods and an infant strapped to the back in  cradle.
A decorative spear.

An example of pictography, an animal(buffalo?)carved into a rock.

If you ever read "The Revenant", you know this is a type of boat described in the book.  It's a frame in a round basket shape.  I've seen it referred to as a piroque, which is a type of Cajun boat still used in Louisiana today.  It's similar to the bamboo constructed round boats still made and used in Vietnam.

An elaborate fur, bone or claw? and beaded neck piece.  That thing must weigh a ton!

More decorated lances.

Another decorate hide.

A long woven tapestry decorate with feathers, dye and eagle motifs.

More examples of decorative, wearable arts.....

More Native decorative arts.....

A colored depiction of a buffalo hunt made on a tanned hide....

Then the exhibit got into the sad stuff......
Native children removed from their homes and sent away to schools to become "civilized"......

We all know these many years later how this story depressing.

Sure gives creedence to the old saying, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." 8-(

We ducked into their gift shop on the way out.

Other than buying a couple of pencils we didn't bring anything else home as it was like the Archway place in Nebraska and way overpriced.

After spending most of the day at this museum we hit the road heading East again.
The next installment when I get around to it. ;-)



  1. Those were very interesting artifacts.

  2. I love the wide open plains. Cindy in the South

  3. Jre here, I’m in Minnesota near the ND SD border. Love the plains. Wonderful museum I would like to see. Well I’m 16 days out from my TKR and lived to tell the tale! But the first week was awful. Once the nerve block wore off wow, but at two weeks out I’m starting to feel human again. Walking way better, PT is going and I’m doing my home exercises, I don’t want to have gone through this with poor results. My biggest area of pain is outer thigh/hamstring with muscle spasms at times. They gave me some Flexaril to try and it did nothing (then I remembered years ago I’d tried it for back issues and then it did nothing and I’m very med sensitive). I’ve been off my big pain meds for about a week as they make me icky so glad I’m now comfortable on Tylenol although nights are still uncomfortable. Sluggy I hope you are doing much better and hope your coccyx area improves. It sounds miserable. I had my right knee done and my big accomplishment is I drove myself to PT and Dr and McD for my Diet Coke the past two days! I live alone and was going stir crazy. A little sore but it went well! Tomorrow Walmart!!! Big times in my small town! I hobbled to daughter’s Thursday ( grandkid drove me) as she did thanksgiving for her in-laws and stayed a bit and on Saturday my kids/grandkids put on our turkey day with all the trimmings, did all the work/cleanup and then hauled in bins of Christmas decorations and put up and decorated my two main trees and my mantel/stockings (I have 21!) so being laid up did have a little bit of benefits. I’m now watching the Bochelli Christmas special, beautiful music and hopefully moving into the Christmas spirit. I might even try starting some Christmas baking tomorrow. Or not, ouch ha!

    1. Thanks for the update! So glad the worst is over, and I'm glad you are healing well from the surgery. That's great that the family helped to decorate for Christmas. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas

    2. Jre thank you! Day by day. Sluggy your coccyx pain sounds miserable but just humbly wondering have you tried chiropractors? And yes I know you have less padding and sitting more on the “bone”. For a back history I had a gastric bypass about 12 years ago and lost 100 #. Way less “padding” and remembering that type of issue that then was attributed more to sciatica…… (not to say yours is) but chiropractor and my saving grace -warming ultrasound to my sore areas has saved me. Like I said I drug myself there a week out of my TKR because of my horrific hip pain that rivaled my horrible knee surgery pain. Thank god it’s mostly a blur now. I just wish you well.


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