Chief Goose Jun 6, 2011 21:00:14 GMT -5
Post by brian on Jun 6, 2011 21:00:14 GMT -5
I saw this 1888 picture in the restaurant, Trappers Kettle, in Belfield ND. It was taken on the famous HT ranch in the North Dakota Badlands. The man sitting, third from the left, is A.C. Huidekoper, a friend of Teddy Roosevelt, and owner of the HT. The Native man, standing on the left, named Goose, caught my eye. Why was he in this picture, and who was he? I had done some research at St Peters' cemetery at Fort Yates prior to this time, and I had seen a marker there of a Chief Goose. The same Goose that led Custer to the Hidden Wood Creek site (used by the Lakota as a camp site for generations, and was the camp site of Major James McLaughlin and thousands of Lakota on the last buffalo hunt in 1882) outside of Hettinger ND in 1874 on the way to the Black Hills. And Ludlow cave, a sacred site, south of Bowman ND. When Goose led the troops to the cave, the men plundered the offerings left behind. There are petroglyphs nearby, one of Custer's men signed his name which still remains. Goose was used as a scout because of his knowledge of the area. I presume that is why he was at the HT ranch south of Medora ND. In later years Goose would return to the ranch, with others from Standing Rock, on Independence Day, to have a powwow and other related celebrations. Goose died in 1916 on his way home from the Little Missouri, probably on his way home from the HT ranch, but apparently the powwows continued for some years. I know an elderly lady in Bowman ND who still remembers them.