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Dickinson State Teachers College homecoming greeting
Dickinson State Teachers College homecoming greeting
TitleDickinson State Teachers College homecoming greeting
Date of Original1943
DescriptionA handwritten poem with artwork by Mr. and Mrs. Bert Fisher for Dickinson State Teachers College in Dickinson, North Dakota. The poem is written in the style of the winter count that was an important part of the homecoming ceremonies for many years. The drawings are of tipis and an American Indian man sending smoke signals. On the back is a Western Union telegram sent to the Fishers by Maude Klinefelter.
General SubjectCommunication
Indians of North America
Subject (LCTGM)Poetry
Indigenous peoples
Personal NameFisher, Bert
Fisher, Bert, Mrs.
Klinefelter, Maude
Organization NameState Teachers College (Dickinson, N.D.)
LocationDickinson (N.D.)
Item NumberDS-0061
Format of OriginalDocuments
Dimensions of Original28 x 39 cm.
Transcription"Homecoming Greetings 1943. From the Land of Many Mountains, Lakes and trees and game and fishes, From a playground of the Nation Used for training men for wartime, Comes a greeting from the Fishers, Savages you will remember From the Tepee on the Hillside. Well do both of us remember Pleasant days spent in Dakota. Now the time comes for reunion. For the clan to re-assemble, Time for feasting after harvest. Also dancing after feasting. Time to summon all the warriors Back to listen at the fireside, Listen to Chief's words of wisdom, To the Winter Count that's given. But, alas, these days of turmoil Hinder all of us from coming. Our Great White Chief has us stationed Where we cannot leave our places; Some have gone across wide oceans, Gone to fight in mighty battles. Some will never more be with us, But will never be forgotten. Some still stationed in the country Help to train men for the struggle. None can freely leave his station. All the living will be with you, Not in body, but in spirit. We, the Fishers, send our greetings And with this thought that oft is with us: 'Would that we could but live over Many days that are but memories Of the Savages' Homecoming. But when peace again reigns o'er us And our lives once more are normal, Then we'll gather with our brothers In the Tepee on the Hillside. Till that time has come upon us We must do our Big Chief's bidding. Greet our brothers who are with you.' We have spoken. Mr. & Mrs. 'Bert' Fisher."--Handwritten on front of item.
"10-9-43 Mr. and Mrs. Bert Fisher 420 Montana Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Your greeting is received. We miss you greatly. Will be read at the banquet tonight. Thinking of you. Sorry you are not here. Maude Klinefelter"--Typewritten on back of item.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Repository InstitutionDickinson State University
Credit LineDickinson State University (DS-0061)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Owned by Dickinson State University.
Ordering InformationOffice of University Relations
Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND, 58601
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2009-2010 NAR10-RC-10062-09
Digital IDdmDS0060
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