William Wounds the Enemy, Promise District

William Wounds the Enemy


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  1. Bryan Borland said,

    December 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I could sit here and look at this for hours. Oh the wonders of our Internet.

  2. Ikiru said,

    December 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Eva, thanks for posting these… How much of these people’s lives are NOT in these documents, bureaucratic sketches where all that made them human dried up– its sad.


    • December 4, 2009 at 7:58 pm

      Josh, MUCH of their lives is NOT in these documents. But, without the documents there’s not much else besides the yearly census and other such records which provide even less a sense of individual identities.
      Thanks for your thoughts.

  3. December 1, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Talking about asylum:

    (Quote from the website)
    In 1899 the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians came into being –
    at least on paper. Its “intent” was to be a hospital dedicated
    solely to the ‘mental illness problem’ within the Native American
    Community at that point in history.

    In actuality, this was not the first mental hospital of its kind. In
    1873 the Cherokee Council created a home for the deaf, blind and
    insane that was exclusively for Cherokee use. The difference
    between the Cherokee’s hospital and Hiawatha was that
    Hiawatha’s actual intent was to be little more than a warehouse
    for ‘problem’ Indians.

    The brainchild of an Indian agent and Republican Senator R.F.
    Pettigrew, Hiawatha was considered to be yet another medium for
    social change for Indian communities.

  4. blissbait said,

    November 30, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Hey Woman! The squirrels have arrived. 🙂

  5. November 29, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    All the dead children – heartbreaking – it’s a wonder the parents aren’t the ones in the asylum – I know I would be if that happened to me.

    • November 30, 2009 at 8:10 pm

      Hey Gabrielle. In addition to children dying from tb there was the loss of children via forced boarding room schools on and off the reservation where children were separated from their parents and relatives years and years without visits–often not even allowed to return home when terminally ill. More insanity is it not? Who really belongs in an asylum–the people who created and enforced such conditions or the people who had to experience such pychological and emotional cruelty?
      Thanks for visiting and posting.

      • ichabod said,

        November 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

        Hi 47WhiteBuffalo;

        A friend of mine who I have know since early teens, was put in a boarding school. He was from a small village up North. They held him down to cut his hair.

        The children are the victims, as always. The younger ones, and I have seen many, are oft as not fending for themselves.

      • December 1, 2009 at 12:51 am

        Insanity indeed. In Australia, to our shame, they took indigenous children away from their parents completely (The Stolen Generation). In so doing destroying the lives of generation after generation of people.

  6. ichabod said,

    November 29, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Hi 47whitebufallo;

    I like the places
    where your footprints
    are left behind
    and bring back
    of days gone by
    not that long ago

    I can visualize the scene, for in my lifetime I have seen and experienced what is recorded here, in Canada and in Mexico.

    You don’t have to stray too far from the beaten path to discover people living in similar conditions.

    • November 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm

      Yes, Ichabod, interesting to note that 1922 and 2009 have all this in common in many places. What does that tell us about the nature of our species?

  7. November 28, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    amazing document. i agree with the bait above me (2nd stanza) but it is nevertheless hell fascinating to read.

    and lovely name for that guy by the way..

    • November 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm

      Great to see you Utopian Fragments. Yes, these documents are fascinating in many ways.
      William’s name, Wounds the Enemy, is indeed a wonderful name and probably has links to his own personal history. Too bad the surveyor didn’t write that information down too.
      Thanks for reading and posting, Poetry Man.

  8. blissbait said,

    November 28, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Okay. Here comes my cynical bitch because, YES, she is JUST as alive and well and glorious and my hippy trippy part…WWWWWWTTTTTFFFFFFF?

    I really HATE seeing people and their lives reduced to such meaningless trivialities. Being processed, summed up, and JUDGED in the most retarded simplistic terms. Now maybe I missed something here, because I just experienced this BIG TIME two days ago and am rather PISSED off still and a little sensitive, so forgive me if I don’t ‘get it’…but…wow. We are beauty. We are beyond definition. We are magic. WE are multilayered and gift and receive more than words could ever begin to convey. I’m still left holding my WTF.

    Whew. See? I can get angry! Lord. Thank You. Cheers and Peace All! And HEY…You, YES YOU! You’re BEAUTIFUL! 🙂

    • November 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm

      Hey Baited One–Now here’s the really ‘awful’ part concerning this document and all the others in the set–for many of these people this is the only sort of documentation that offers any ‘description’ of the individuals and their lives. The photos that accompanied some of these statistical and narrative surveys probably have never seen the light of day since the reports were filed. So–as awful as these come across–they are a source of information for interested parties. I think they also ‘tell’ a great deal about the attitudes and mindsets of those who conducted the survey.
      Love your ‘outraged WTF’!

      • blissbait said,

        November 29, 2009 at 3:33 am

        Ah So! Then bless the documents which possess a beauty all their own and hold out a hand to interested ancestors. You rock. And they’re coming. Oh yeah….they’re coming! 😆

        Cheers and Namaste All. 🙂

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