Title: Cowboys and Mexicans Danced | Mr. High Bear and Miss Holy Blanket Married in South Brooklyn

Periodical: Washington Post

Date: June 11, 1894

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COWBOYS AND MEXICANS DANCED.

Mr. High Bear and Miss Holy Blanket Married in South Brooklyn.

Mr. High Bear and Miss Holy Blanket, of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, were united in the holy bonds of wedlock at Ambrose Park, South Brooklyn. It was the original intention of the high contracting parties to keep the affair as quiet as possible, and to surround it with the solemn dignity of a Christianized function. To this end no cards were issued, and only the immediate family and daily associates of the bride and bridegroom were invited.

High Bear's name on his native heath is Mato Wangata, while along the mossy banks of Wounded Knee Creek the dusky bride answers to the call of Jasina Wakam. Both are Ogalalla Sioux, and their homes are about four miles from the scene of the Wounded Knee fight. High Bear was a peacemaker and non-combatant during the war of 1890 and '91. He is a member of Red Cloud's band. Holy Blanket's father is one of Little Wound's right hand men, and she is closely related to that noted chief.

Despite the fact that High Bear disports himself like a wild, untutored savage in the daily raid on the Deadwood coach and assists in a Sioux war dance, he is possessed of what he calls "a great heart," which, like the organ of his more civilized brother, beats responsive to the tender sentiment of love. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Lloyd, of the Reformed Church, South Brooklyn, in the presence of the entire camp. After a few drinks all round the Ogalallas walked in a ring around the happy couple, and immediately scattered all pretense to a quiet, dignified wedding.

The Sioux wedding dance is anything but quiet and dignified. The Indians had not had such an opportunity for a high old time since leaving home, and they improved the occasion for all it was worth. The cowboys and Mexicans joined in the dance, while the Orientals in the show looked on in amazement. Mr. and Mrs. High Bear were escorted to their tepee, and the congratulations of the camp and the honeymoon were on.

Title: Cowboys and Mexicans Danced | Mr. High Bear and Miss Holy Blanket Married in South Brooklyn

Periodical: Washington Post

Date: June 11, 1894

Keywords: American Indians Cowboys Indian dance Indian men Indian women Indians of North America--Social life and customs Indians of North America Marriage service Mexicans Oglala Indians Sioux Nation Wedding dances Wounded Knee Massacre, S.D., 1890

People: Red Cloud, 1822-1909 Salsbury, Nathan, 1846-1902

Place: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

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