Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My 1976 Indian Costume

 
Me in 1976
My 1976 Indian Costume

Actually, this wasn't really my costume.  I grew up in small town Canada and was so blessed to have my cousins living beside us.  It was like having 2 older brothers & 1 older sister.  One of the perks of having close relatives living next door was "hand-me-downs".  This costume was originally worn my my cousin, then by me and followed a few years later by my darling baby sister. 

Little did we know then that we actually have in us some Indian blood.  A few years ago I found out that we (my cousins, my sister & myself) are related to Chief Pontiac - he was our 5th great grandfather.  I have since learned about "The Three Fires" - this was a "networking" of 3 different tribes: The Odawa (Ottawa), Ojibwa (Chippewa) and Potawatomi.  These 3 tribes shared similar language and customs and would therefore marry each other.  Chief Pontiac was from the Ottawa tribe and he married "Woman Canoe Paddler" from the Ojibwa tribe (actually he had many wives in his life but she is the wife that I am related to).  I could go on and on but I don't want to bore you - family history is usually only interesting to those in that family.

Chief Pontiac - Picture from "Yahoo Images"
 
 I know that many people are offended by "Halloween" - so no offense intended to anyone - but I wish all of you a safe and enjoyable Halloween!

 
 
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5 comments:

  1. That's cool that you found out about your heritage, and you looked pretty cute in your costume too :)

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  2. what a neat thing to discover...I love family history...yours, mine, anyones. :0)
    Debbi
    -yankeeburrowcreations

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  3. I never really understood why people get all upset about halloween. Each holiday has something that someone gets upset about, but people should be polite enough to not go around bashing the other person because they chose to celebrate a certain holiday...at least that's my opinion. Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your little Indian costume! I would've totally worn that if it had been mine! I always wanted to be Pocahontas when I was little, she is still one of my favorite people from history. This year was the very first time I ever did anything for halloween and I must say I really enjoyed myself! :)

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  4. Such a beautiful little girl! So happy to hear about you discovering more about your heritage. I celebrate Halloween, but I just use more harvest decor, and wacky rather than frightening jack-'o-lanterns. Personally, I try not to use witches and ghosts. If I use black cats, they are cute and friendly, rather than evil-looking, lol.

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