by Emmett Smith
26 February 2007
DEAR Tee Jay & Mr Batt, here’s about Amos Owen and the Little People — I hope it will go good in yer “website” there, Turtledoctor (like the Hostess “Twinkies” did with Navaho Tribal Policeman Jim Chee’s coffee!)
NEXT Time I’ll give you fellows the lowdown on the North Mankato Shiny Little Fat Black Squirrels and Renzo Rist, the seedcorn-man, and what Linda Mattson said to me about it (plus Ron Hauser got in HIS two cents’ worth, too!)
THE Little People
THIS Is what I was told. It was said to me back in the mid-1990s by some Ojibwe “Rabbit Choker” people who knew him. It happened in the Fall of the year before he died on 4 June of 1990. They said that on the last night of the annual Mahkato Mdewakanton Wacipi, or “powwow,” in the Land of Memories Park in September of 1989, in old Mankato, Minnesota, under its rotting mansard roofs, that Dakota spiritual leader Amos Owen seen the Little People.
IN The dark closing in around the dancing circle after the flags had been retired, twenty-three of them came walking across the circle toward him and smiling hard at him….
IT Sure seems like he should have seen them because Amos Owen knew a lot about the Little People and always respected them:
IN 1984 Or so, at the Mankato powwow one night, Amos Owen said to Anishenabe Porky White from Lac d’Oreilles, and to me and some other white people that was hanging around with our faces out, that the Little People had always gotten along good with the white man Little People right from the get go. When the whites were bailing out of Europe and coming over to fight Indians and help themselves to “free” land off the government and set up farms and trading-posts and corporations and act up generally, all of the leprechuans and house-trolls and tomtar (those are Swedish ones!) were hanged if they would stay behind and haunt a bunch of empty houses!
SO They climbed in the emigrant-trunks and came along for the ride.
AND Unlike the outer white people and Indians, who tended to have big ideas about racial purity and “cultural identity” and such stuff, the white Little People and the Indian ones got right to work and married-up and had families and did business….
THAT’S What Amos Owen said.
[Crow Man all rights reserved 26 February 2007]