|| Irene: This story was told by
Grandma Supernaw to her son Bill, this is how her
Tallchief, told it to her, also how it was told
to him by his father (Lame Chief).
Grandma: Well, I was gonna tell a story, what my father
and great grandfather where talking about Ö. My father
learned from him, so Iím gonna tell how Quapaw, they
come from the Ö. I try and tell a story Ö. They claim,
my father said they claim a big fire, a big tree fire,
thatís what, they come out of it, they told me.
So, and uh, Iím gonna tell them, and uh, and they
brought corn with them too, to raise, eating on it, and
they make medicine out of it too. So, they brought that
with them, I guess, I know, I guess God give them, I
guess. So, they bring with them.
So, they travel around, they camping somewhere around
there, working, making a living, so, and uh, they right
along the ocean (1), and they see that, uh, people come
in a boat, white, white man, woman. So, they funny
looking that first time they see whites. So, they didnít
know what to do, they want kill them, and they donít
want to, and so, they went over there and shake hands
with them, and they talking, motioning around and after
awhile they got whiskey and they said, uh, give whiskey
and they said their mother call, uh, white woman, they
call father , uh, mother and the white man, father. So,
they didnít kill them. So, they talking around there
awhile and they told when they give them so many days to
come back in. So, they left, Indians left, and so they
went back and, back ocean, I guess, across. And, uh,
later on, many days, they going to come back, and they
went over there again and they meet them again and they
bring flour, coffee, salt, sugar, something like that,
they bring with them. So, thatís what the Indian learned
how, what taste of salt was, and flour, and the coffee,
thatís what they learned, they say, so.
(1) Rise Supernaw was told this would be around
Beach, South Carolina.