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DESCENDANTS OF


Oo-Hunh-Shing-Gah
Sam LittleCook


and
Esther (BrokenJaw) LittleCook






Oo-Hunh-Shing-Gah
Sam LittleCook
Chief of the Rain Band
b: Nebraska
d: Ponca City, Kay Co, OK
buried: on his original allotment of land
m: Esther BrokenJaw
b: Nebraska
d: Ponca City, Kay Co, OK
buried: next to her husband

Sam and Esther were among the Ponca (Pah-Hahn-Kah) Tribe
who, in 1876, were forced to leave their Nebraska lands
and relocate to "Indian Territory," in Oklahoma.

"Pah-Hahn-Kah" means "Gentle Leader."
The word "pah" means "nose," or that part of the body to
'go before the rest.' Used in that latter context,
a one-word interpretation in English, is "leader."

Against orders, Chief Standing Bear, along with a small
group of other Ponca Tribe members, returned to Nebraska.
Among them was Esther's brother, Lewis BrokenJaw.
Later, Lewis did occasionally come back to visit his
Oklahoma relatives.

Chief Standing Bear and those who went back to Nebraska,
were ultimately placed under arrest and the history-making
"Trial of Standing Bear" ensued. A hundred years later,
Sam and Esther's grandson, Sa-Su-Weh "Daniel" Clark Jones,
worked to film the movie, "The Trial of Standing Bear,"
which aired nationally, on PBS. The movie depicted the
true-story forced-removal of the Ponca Tribe from Nebraska,
and the resulting first-ever Civil Rights Law Suit.
Winning the suit resulted in there being a legal fact,
that American Indians are human beings!
Prior to the suit, Indians were considered "savages" or
"Wards of the Government" who had no "human" rights.






Notes of Reference
Regarding Ponca Tribal Clans
1.
He-Sah-Dah
The Straight Paths Clan, Rainmakers
The Rainmakers are said to be gifted with the "opportunity" of
appealing to Wah-Kohn-Dah, the Great Spirit, for rain,
that is, if they remain true to their "Straight Path."

2.
Mah-Kahn
The Medicine Clan

3.
Ne-Kah-Pash-Nah
The Deer Clan
No touching of deer meat.

4.
The Half-Breed Clan
Children of intermarrieds.

5.
Wah-Zhah-She
The Osage Clan
The children of this clan are given snake names.

6.
Ah-He-Dah
The Warrior Clan

7.
Elk Clan

8.
Nu-Hay
The Ice Clan
There were only a few of these.

9.
Man-Chu
The Bear Clan
These returned to Nebraska.

10.
The Buffalo Clan
They do not eat Buffalo meat or Deer meat.

11.
He-Dah
The Blood Clan
Chief WhiteEagle's Clan
Consider themselves to be servants to the people.

12.
info presently incomplete








Notes of Reference
Regarding Name Interpretations

The beautiful Indian names these people originally had,
were badly corrupted by well-meaning interpreters.
Examples:

  • One who had a 'stormy' countenance, became
    "Rain In the Face."

  • One with 'no ear' for quarrels, became
    "No Ear."

  • One who was resonsible for 'dividing the hunt,'
    a trusted Straight Path Band member
    or Rain Band member, became "The Cook" - or -
    "Little Cook."

  • A mighty warrior, appearing tall and strong in stature
    'against a snake-like enemy,' became
    "Big Snake."

  • Men who were speakers or orators, thus ones
    who 'broke their jaws apart to speak,' became
    "Broken Jaw."





  • Sam's and Esther's
    List of Descendants


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    Annie





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    Lizzie







    "The Old Man"

    Coyote

    Who-Cha "Liz" (King) Smith,
    a Sam & Rachel descendant, told the following:
    "My daughter missed the bus and didn't come home from school.
    I went to look for her and found her sitting on the steps of
    the school. She was sitting, patiently waiting.
    As we drove out the drive, a Coyote ran across the road in
    front of the car, and I said to her,
    'Look! The Old Man has been watching you.' "

    Who-Cha's story is regarding the teachings about there being
    no other animal as human-like as the Coyote. He is crafty,
    quick, inventive, and is a survivor. The Ponca's respect him
    and call him "Old Man," or "One-Who-Is-Wise."
    When a person is someplace where they should not be,
    it is said that Coyotes sit off at a distance in the woods
    and watch that person, whom they consider to be
    their "people-relative."
    Also, this "watching" that the Coyotes do, is a warning, ie.,
    "Even when you think you are getting away with something,
    there is always someone there to see what you are doing.
    Even if it be but a Coyote, remember,
    he is your relative."






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