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Snake Head-Ornament came close to her and fired off his gun

Snake Head-Ornament came close to her and fired off his gun.jpg When a man mourned he cut off his hair, painted his body with white clayThumbnailsIndian DogsWhen a man mourned he cut off his hair, painted his body with white clayThumbnailsIndian DogsWhen a man mourned he cut off his hair, painted his body with white clayThumbnailsIndian Dogs

Not long after, he was made a member of the Black Mouth society. It happened one day, that the women were building a fence of logs, set upright around the village, to defend it from enemies. Snake Head-Ornament, as a member of the Black Mouths, was one of the men overseeing the work. This woman, his clan cousin, was slow at her task; and, to make her move more briskly, Snake Head-Ornament came close to her and fired off his gun just past her knees. She screamed, but seeing it was Snake Head-Ornament who had shot, and knowing he was her clan cousin, she did not get angry. Nevertheless, she did not forget! And, years after, she had revenge in her taunting song.

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Waheenee--An Indian Girl's Story
By Waheenee
as told to Gilbert Livingstone Wilson
Illustrator: Frederick N. Wilson
Published in 1921
Available from gutenberg.org
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