One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

By Jim Fergus

One Thousand White Women is the tale of may well Dodd and a colourful meeting of pioneer girls who, lower than the auspices of the U.S. executive, commute to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry one of the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and debatable "Brides for Indians" application, introduced by means of the management of Ulysses S. furnish, is meant to aid assimilate the Indians into the white man's global. towards that finish may perhaps and her associates embark upon the journey in their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the yank West that it's as though those diaries are a pill in time.

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As a part of our apprenticeship, we've watched the Cheyenne girls model those clothing in all phases. they're marvelously adept at their numerous crafts, which we're essentially anticipated to benefit ourselves. in reality, one in every of our extra lucky women, Jeanette Parker, were a certified seamstress in Chicago prior to being devoted to the kingdom Lunatic Asylum for murdering her husband in his sleep with a leather-stitching needle. i don't comprehend if she is insane or not—and don't care—for it sounds to me as if the lout quite deserved his destiny. Jeanette has vastly inspired the Cheyenne girls together with her stitching abilities, having even taught them a few stitches with which they have been unfamiliar—as a final result she is held in excessive esteem between them. as a result of its smocklike building, and the truth that the sleeves are open, just a little like a cape, my new local gown is splendidly cozy, as are the leggings and moccasins—all have the impact of one of those moment, loose-fitting epidermis that lies really sensuously over one’s personal. Such sensible clothes makes our personal outfits and sneakers appear such a lot constricting. i'm practically ready to renounce the latter altogether. Even our cavalry-riding breeches look via comparability overly confining. yet I digress: hurriedly I amassed jointly a couple of goods, fixed my horse, Soldier, and rode out with my new husband. the opposite better halves watched us away, Quiet One, dutifully status in entrance of her inn, yet nonetheless not able to carry herself to examine me. those final a number of days in my very own quarters have supplied a much-needed respite—for we all i'm definite. i will rarely fault the lady for her resentment of me and will simply think what my very own response will be have been I in her place. i've got discovered that the younger moment spouse, my buddy Feather on Head, is the older’s sister, that's universal one of the Cheyennes and designed to aid alleviate such rigidity among other halves. even as no longer the entire Cheyennes are polygamous … theirs is a sophisticated tradition, and we now have a lot to profit approximately each other. As we rode throughout the camp, my good friend Martha got here out of her tent, taking a look each piece the blushing bride. We had no longer noticeable one another seeing that our marriage ceremony evening, yet from the glow on her face, I had a suspicion that hers had no longer been a unhappiness. “Oh, May,” she acknowledged now, operating along my horse to maintain, “we needs to communicate. i used to be going to come back see you this day. the place are you off to? ” “I do not know, Martha,” I stated. “As you'll discover i'm easily being a dutiful spouse, following my husband. If I’m now not incorrect, we’re off on our honeymoon! ” “A honeymoon? whilst will you be again? ” Martha requested nervously. “What will I do with no you? ” “I don’t recognize, dear,” I acknowledged, “but you’ll deal with. You’ve performed relatively good with out me some time past few days, haven’t you? I’m yes we won’t be away lengthy. ” “May, i need to ask you,” Martha stated, the colour emerging in her cheeks. “How was once your … your …” I laughed. “My marriage ceremony evening? ” “Yes! How used to be it? used to be it unusual? used to be it exceptional? ” “It used to be like a dream,” I spoke back.

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