Scrapbook Two Hundred Thirty Eight…


November, 2019


Paul Dyck and Me

FF and Paul Dyck

Paul and I at his ranch on Beaver Creek

Paul Dyck was my friend and compadre. Although he was 13 years my senior I would like to have passed through some of his life adventures at his side.  

He was born in Chicago in 1917, and spent much of his early life in Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Florence, Italy. 

Paul returned to the United States and married Fawn on Elk, and they settled in among her Lakota people on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota. That’s where Paul met One Bull, the adopted son of Sitting Bull.

Although One Bull was many years older than Paul, they became such fast friends that he was adopted into One Bull’s family. In discussions between the two that lasted into the wee hours, they talked about the early Indian way of life and about the Custer Fight. One Bull said that some historians had written that he was the one who killed Custer in the fight, but it wasn’t true. Although he was in the battle, he said he never saw Custer. He was 23 at the time, and he died in 1947.

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Sitting Bull with his pipe, and One Bull

As a painter, Paul had an intuitive flair for color and description. So much so that the Sioux named him Rainbow Hand. He was fascinated by the carving that Gutzon Borglum was doing at Mount Rushmore, so he went over and got a job carrying water to the workers. 

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Original watercolor from Paul’s book Brule’


Oil painting by Paul Dyck

After Fawn died in childbirth, Paul moved to Rimrock in the Verde Valley of Arizona. His ranch house was on Beaver Creek and when the water was up, a car couldn’t cross it. So Paul would come get you in his tractor. 

Paul’s house looked like an aircraft hangar, with the ceiling about 40’ high (I’m guessing). His bedroom and bath were off to the side and upstairs. It was generally considered that he had the greatest private collection of antique Plains Indian material in existence, and his big room was full of it. It included more than 80 beaded dresses, and 70 war shirts. 

Paul was one of the authorities on what he called, the “Buffalo Culture.” His book Brule’ about the Sioux people of the Rosebud, brought him national acclaim. Museums and universities sought his council, and he was awarded an honorary PhD by the University of Montana.

Paul was married two more times. Jean Hamilton was his third wife, and the love of his life. He called her Star. When she died, he was devastated, and started spend time reading out by his corral where he had two buffalo. He fed them by hand, and delighted in watching his bull hook a big tractor tire and toss it high into the air. 

About 2004 I videotaped a lengthy interview with Paul at his ranch. He said a few things that ran contrary to the generally accepted history of the Custer fight. Supposedly, White Swan, a Crow Indian scout with the 7th Cavalry, was in a club fight with some Sioux warriors and was left prostrate on the battlefield. 

According to Paul, two days before the battle began, White Swan was dispatched to track down a trooper who had deserted, and return him to duty. A fight ensued, the deserter was killed and White Swan was severely wounded by a conk to his head. When he returned, the Custer battle was in full swing, and he collapsed on the battlefield, forever deaf and dumb from his fight with the deserter. Paul said that One Bull, who was in the fight, told him that story. 

It is terrible when history is written wrong, but worse still is not knowing who to believe. f








145 thoughts on “Scrapbook Two Hundred Thirty Eight…

  1. History sure does muddy up quickly without somebody there to tell it without an axe to grind.

    • Having had some time to study on it a bit, I’m wondering just how One Bull got the story from the deaf and dumb White Swan about how he was conked in the head by the deserter and collapsed on the battlefield? Maybe this story from Paul would hold more credence if it was told by a guy named “Many Bulls.”
      I don’t know.
      Maybe I’m over thinking it.

      • Didn’t Rummy talk about “the fog of war,” and how it obscured and clouded the ability to discern the truth with a total accuracy? There are some things we don’t know, some things we won’t know, and some things we don’t want to know.

      • Ever play charades? Just because the man couldn’t hear (deaf) or speak (dumb) does not mean he couldn’t communicate in some way, shape, or form.

  2. Forrest, I found some Yazzie dolls you’re looking for. Only thing is they are the same ones you said you have. I sent you an email about it a couple days ago. They are located in the TIA Collection. I guess I dont know what to believe?! Great scrapbook especially at this moment in time for me.

  3. I love the two paintings of Paul’s that you shared here. Time to go learn more about his work.

    • Yup… that horse one is pretty cool! Now that I’ve brushed up on my historical Spanish Pottery time to get back to art 🙂 Forrest will there be a test at the end of winter… should I be taking better notes?

      And now we know where Forrest got the picture for Scrapbook 126!

        • Dal,

          The REAL question…
          Are you the one photoshopping the pics? Is Forrest asking you to place things in each of these?

          I also recall the BELL scrapbook about Eric SLOANE, The Sound of Bells, where the Kiva A pole is clearly photoshopped to depict the bell on top of the cedar pole in his lawn beside the flowers with a watering bucket…

          So…tell all of us what is going on…

          Are you the one being asked to photoshop, or is Fenn a photoshop guru?

          • Rick-
            That question…specifically referencing the photo on 126 has been answered by me more than once… How about if you conduct a little research and read some of the past comments on this blog rather than expect others to provide you with answers…You’ve got a whole winter in front of you and even a blog search mechanism to help you out…I’ll bet you discover other useful tidbits while you’re at it…

          • Dal,
            Rick was inquiring about photos in SB’s in general, not just specifically SB 126 or this one. Since you are privy to info. before us, it is a fair question. When you have specifically edited a photo at Forrest’s request or added photos of your choosing would it be possible to let us know? Put yourself in our shoes. There’s tons of material in the SB’s so it would be nice to have some transparency, unless of course Forrest wants otherwise.

  4. “It is terrible when history is written wrong, but worse still is not knowing who to believe. f”

    Isn’t that a truth!

    IMO .

  5. I took my kids to the Battlesite on our way to see Crazy Horse in S.D. for spring break 14 years ago. It was March Cold and no one around!
    Just like I like it! You could hear a snow flake drop! I was very interested and sad as We walked through the museum. I cried.
    Later we went to Wounded Knee memorial.
    A Native Officer took us to sacred land.
    It was not your typical spring Break!
    We were on the Treasure Trove Treasure Hunt but that is another story!

  6. I have always loved history, from my own ancient past, and the past of all pioneer Americans, and the Native Americans past. Forrest you have spoken of many I grew up to know, from Quanta Parker, to Sitting Bull to many others of many peoples. It is truly unfortunate that histoy is written by the victors. That is why I enjoy so much hearing from the Peoples them selves their stories. I often find theirs to be the more heroic. I guess that’s just the Irish in me. Maybe someday they will offer courses in the Peoples history. Not left or right, just the way they recorded it. The struggles, the triumphs, and the unaltered by time beliefs. I fear though that will never be, at least not in our lifetimes. That is what makes me sad.

    • Forrest, I always make it a point to visit old graveyards and cemetery’s on my trips. I love to see the old markers, and find it depressing to see how some of them have been left to nature. From Cripple Creek to Salida and Ponca Springs, to West Yellowstone to Fort Gardner, I like to pay my respects to those who have gone before, and just spend a moment to remember and thank them for their courage.

  7. I have always loved history, from my own ancient past, and the past of all pioneer Americans, and the Native Americans past. Forrest you have spoken of many I grew up to know, from Quanta Parker, to Sitting Bull to many others of many peoples. It is truly unfortunate that histoy is written by the victors. That is why I enjoy so much hearing from the Peoples them selves their stories. I often find theirs to be the more heroic. I guess that’s just the Irish in me. Maybe someday they will offer courses in the Peoples history. Not left or right, just the way they recorded it. The struggles, the triumphs, and the unaltered by time beliefs. I fear though that will never be, at least not in our lifetimes. That is what makes me sad.

  8. Took my kids there for spring break. The Custer site. It was a cold snowy day. Also went to Wounded knee. Great story Forrest.

  9. Yes, history is continually being changed to suit the profitable party.
    Removal of the statues is one travesty. To change history is to put it in danger of losing it’s lesson, and repeating itself. It also removes the brave souls that fought for a reason true to them.
    We need to cherish our unadulterated history, or we shall surely be erased ourselves.

    • Huh?

      Oh ya…like when I read last week a “new” history book that said Napoleon was actually 6’5” tall! Those darn ice cream companies are profiting off of the measurement “adjustments.”


  10. That’s why it is so important for people to share their stories. It’s also important to be brave and set the record straight if you can.
    I really like his artwork. So much color. I’m saving my money to buy a nice piece of art this Christmas. All of this research has pulled out the “left brain” in me.

    Thank you for the scrapbook and Happy Holidays everyone.

  11. Thanks for the Post Forrest – I LOVE the two paintings by Paul.

    Some write about history, some live it, and some know those that lived it. You seem to fall into all three categories Forrest – Thanks for sharing – JDA

    • Not an honorarium.
      He had already proven to have earned it in so many subjects.
      Ask thousands of forlorn searchers.

  12. Wow, (now there is a pet for you), can you imagine playing fetch with a Buffalo, lol. Science, (like History), must agree with Religion, otherwise, it is merely superstition. Finding upstanding, or credible witnesses to unlock the past; is often times extremely difficult; & even then they are subject to being duped. That’s where science can weigh in with, (it’s credability of truths).

  13. Nice. I was recently searching for this kind of firsthand account on how it all went down with White Swan. g

  14. Enjoyed the scrapbook. It’s unfortunate one may need to question the accuracy of what is written in and of history. Quite the collection of Plains Indian clothing. Did you get to see any of them for yourself?

  15. History is full of unknowns. We muddle through what we’re told and try our best to come to a reasonable conclusion. The only ones who have any chance of being 100% certain are the ones who were there to begin with.

    That said, my own hypothesis as to who killed General Custer is as follows:
    Colonel Mustard… in the Library… with the Candlestick. 😉

    • actually, the most likely scenario is Custer killed Custer, after being shot in the chest, he shot himself in the head… afraid of being alive for what was to come… Several of the troopers shot them selfs. When the fight was nearing an end on last stand hill, several of them made a break down hill down a ravine, as warriors recounted they couldn’t get close to a trooper before the trooper shot himself.

      and one could argue for good reason as the panic was real, and probably all consuming.

  16. Wow, they do use colors in amazing ways. beautiful pieces. I bet their artifact collection is unbelievable as well.

    It also sounds like the beavers on their creek are slacking! Come on beavers.

    Thanks for sharing, Forrest!

  17. I have been to the Little Bighorn River and the Bighorn Mountains. I wish I Had the chance to see the Medicine Bow range, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, but I have been to all the places mentioned in this thread that exists in South Dakota. There is so much left to see.

    When I went to see the Crazy Horse Monument, what struck me was how Caucasian Crazy Horse’s appearance was (his features are based on eye witness accounts of members of his pears). He looked like a cross between Paul Newman and Sir Richard Burton, but he also looked like an American Indian. There is an indication that many native American Indians were at least partially European and North African. There are many indication of pre-Columbian settlers from Europe and North Africa. I wonder if Forrest has read about Barry Fell and others who have made serious studies on pre-Columbian settlers.

    • Pdenver – Thanks for the link! I remember walking through that collection space, but didn’t put 2 and 2 together that this was Paul Dyck’s collection. I remember the item from the collection that rooted itself most firmly in my memory were the snow goggles made out of buffalo horns. Lots of cool stuff to be seen & appreciated in that gallery!

  18. I always heard that Custer saved the last bullet for himself.
    But that narrative wouldn’t look good in the movies.
    What does sound good is the interconnection of people that spans time, history, culture, and spirit.

    • Michael, I’m with you on Custer killing him self! Pride goeth before a fall, and I personally relate to that one!
      Thank you Mr. Fenn for sharing Paul Dyke was a good artist! It must have been wonderful living with the Indians, and really being good friends with them.
      The winners always write history!

  19. Love the story and the oil of the pony is fantastic! What intrigues me is the green “dot”. I wonder what the significance is? It is quite obvious that that particular color is not part of the overall palate of color. Any thoughts anyone?

    • Hello Geysergirl. The name of the painting is titled, “Warrior’s Horse”. I’m not sure if the green dot would indicate markings of some sort of story or possible activity on the field, or if it’s simply a personal marking from the artist. I’m curious as yourself.

      • I’m thinking it’s a personal marking from the artist and it seems to bring your eye right there. And maybe it was placed there just because.

      • pdenver – Googled Indian war paint on horses, and found that a round spot marked an injury from a previous battle. The color green was used for healing and endurance.

  20. Thank you for the story Forrest. It is a fascinating dilemma to not know what is truth. This sounds like a lesson too where we shouldn’t always take what we believe to be true as truth. I feel anyone who has been BOTG likely has some personal experience in this area. I know I do.

    I enjoy attempting to absorb all you are sharing, while knowing for sure, I’m only seeing a part of what you are putting before us.

    I will keep trying to see and will continue to enjoy the most incredible journey you have given us.

  21. Bad history is the worst, it’s like a bad cliff hanger that will never be sorted. Unless, some one creates a way to have a device travel faster then light and look back in the earth to watch history. We can still dream right?

  22. White Swan was also an artist of pictographs depicting his version of events. He and Sharp were friends as written.

  23. Interesting to learn that on Beaver Creek, an unusual group of Pueblo People called Sinagua, sin-agua in Spanish means no water, however the beautiful cliff dwelling there is called Montezuma Castle, it was pre Colmbian and build impressively into a high cliff cavity/pocket far above the Beaver Creek.

    Many places north of Old Mexico were given these names by the Spanish, a few were named after mighty Mexican Tribes and cultures, Aztec’s, Toltec’s and Mayan’s even the Comanche and Apache were also spread into Mexico, so Spanish settlers naturally named these places in the Southwest after what they knew and saw, so why would ff’s friend, Paul Dyck move to Beaver Creek area in Verde Valley? He probably was not there because he was a Snowbird, my speculation is that Paul had another reason, ff may know, but his first marriage to a Lakota immersed him into a culture that he embraced and perhaps he suffered the Sun Dance rituals as well: The Sun Dance

    Generally held in late spring or early summer, the Sun Dance gathered bands together after they had dispersed to better survive the winter. The significance of this ritual of sacrifice was the spiritual renewal of participants and their families in addition to the renewal of the earth and her resources. After a period of private reflection and preparation, dancers fasted during the three or four days of the communal ceremony. The dance sometimes involved voluntary torture at the climax of the dance, particularly among the Sioux and Cheyenne.

    Dancers were pierced through the breast or shoulder muscles and the skewers tied to a center pole. As they danced, they pulled away from the pole until their skin tore from their bodies. Participants hoped to attain supernatural aid and individual power through their suffering. Animal symbols, such as the eagle and the buffalo, played an important role in the ceremony. The U.S. government outlawed the Sun Dance in 1904, but contemporary tribes still perform the ritual, a right guaranteed by the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

    If you had family ties to these tribes and were accepted by them this is a requirement for men in particular, I know of some who have experienced this and most will tell you it is all about commitment, and sacrifice to prove yourself worthy to be called a tribal member of the Spiritual Renewal of The Sun Dance. I am brave but Arizona sounds better for this old warrior..


  24. Mr Fenn I love this scrapbook thank you for such a belief and validation of history and seeing truth! Extremely validating.

  25. Thank you for continuing to expand our knowledge of American history, Forrest. What I found striking about this scrapbook, was that it seems that One Bull could easily have taken credit for the killing of Custer. But Native Americans often have a higher standard of ethics than we think from our view of their “primitive” religion.

    Among the Brule Sioux, for instance, the Wakinyan, Great Thunder Beings, are seen as guardians of the truth. When you are holding the sacred pipe, and you swear on it, you can say nothing but the truth. If you lie the Wakinyan will kill you with their thunderbolts (kind of similar to swearing on the Bible don’t you think?). Is that why you included this photo of the 2 bulls with the sacred pipe?

    Although I didn’t learn who really killed Custer, I learned that men from the same tribes that fought against Custer would, one year later, be riding alongside the U.S. Army as scouts in the campaign against the Nez Perce. Also, the Indian scouts who served the Army in the 19th century were one of the precursors to the Army Special Forces, also known as Green Berets. This Thanksgiving I am thankful to those Native Americans who served and continue to serve our country so faithfully in so many ways. If only we could learn to be more like them!

    P.S. I also remembered that In May of 2016 Pres. Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, elevating the Bison to the level of the American Eagle. But during Custer’s time, the Army tried to kill every buffalo they could, shouting, “Kill Every Buffalo You Can! Every Buffalo Dead Is an Indian Gone,” and the shame is they were probably correct. Native Americans are, indeed, the Vanishing Race (Curtis, 1904).

    • When the Smithsonian finally got around to stuffing a
      buffalo for posterity, they were hard pressed to find one,
      They really were nearly vanished from America. When
      they finally located a suitable specimen in Yellowstone
      it was a tired old bull who carried the scars from many
      wounds. They waited till winter, when his coat was
      thick and then killed him anyway. Fortunately for us
      the Canadians held their buffalo and their Native
      People in higher regard than Americans at the time.
      We would have none if not for their foresight and
      the Great Slave Lake herds we rebuilt our herds from.
      So much to remember, so much more to learn.

      • Too, too sad! Americans have show a very bad history of being caretakers of the Earth and its creatures.

  26. It’s amazing how recently (historically speaking) these events happened. Only a few generations removed from Sitting Bull, Custer, Little Big Horn, Wounded Knee, etc…
    It makes me wonder where we will be in 100 years more. Maybe people will take your advice, Forrest, and leave each other alone.
    We can only hope.

  27. Pretty serious stuff Forrest…yet pretty darn funny too! I’ll be a while on this one.

  28. Amazing collection, amazing stories. Its funny but truth is like a lion’s roar; you believe it when you hear it, it’s unmistakable.

  29. Truth is like a lion. When you hear it, you can recognize it. The two lions In my soul guard truth, always asking questions, is it true, true for you, true for me too?

    • To the Wise Blonde,
      A young boy came to his Grandfather, filled with anger at
      another boy who had done him an injustice.
      The old Grandfather said to his grandson, “Let me tell you a
      story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that
      have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate
      wears you down, and hate does not hurt your enemy. Hate is
      like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have
      struggled with these feelings many times.”
      “It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one wolf is good and
      does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does
      not take offence when no offence was intended. He will only
      fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. But the
      other wolf, is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a
      fit of temper.”
      “He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot
      think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless
      anger, because his anger will change nothing. Sometimes it is
      hard to live with these two wolves inside me, because both of
      the wolves try to dominate my spirit.”
      The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked,
      “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”
      The Grandfather smiled and said, “The one I feed.”

      In the last SC Book I posted the story of “Two Pots” and at some point when Forrest puts out a scrapbook we can all find some morsel of a moral lesson and whether it comes from Folklore truth, Bible truth or the truth ff learned from his oldenhood it is the truth we all seek, and the close we get to the truth the nearer we are to the poems real message….


        • Say Blue, this is a part of my family’s life too, I, in part am a descendant of the Muskogee Nation who were in the forced march known as …non affectionately refereed to as “Trail of Tears”, the “Five Civilized Tribes” Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole nations. .(Seminole means wild man in Creek and Cherokee language) (The actor Burt Reynolds was part Seminole) all rounded up by forces of Andrew Jackson in see

          The Supreme Court had agreed on split vote to enact the removal of all native tribes east of the Mississippi. Understand that the winter of 1832 was brutal and stores were inadequate for the over 1000 mile trek force on them, one in every 4 is estimated died, especially Old, very young and women.

          Andrew Jackson was the Supreme Commander, POTUS even Calhoun VP and fellow Southerner feared his wrath…So many were the evils of the actions of Jackson, what followed is chronicled, but later in the removal of the Navajo Nation natives again they also knew of a so called patriot, “Kit” Christopher Carson, Indian fighter and mountain man, many would say the history was repeating itself and the same is said depending on your perspective about him too. “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana known for aphorisms.

          In the recent Yazzie ( see aberration of spelling yazzi) Yarnel Dolls in the SC Book who is the king, the 43 inch doll of the 9 pictured there? Yazzie Yarnell may not be a Navajo, but the Hopi are encompassed in their homeland much like Chacoan Culture, Yazzie born in 1900 was influenced by that round up of the Navajo’s see Manuelito was a leader whom the resistance relied on. However, many Jicarilla Apache and Ute Natives were use by Kit and that is a similar story of the Jackson campaign as well.

          Forgiveness is not easy and what ff illustrates so well in TOO FAR is that we need to see is to visualize and keep in focus is that Kit and Andrew are dead and as Shakespeare said through Mark Anthony, “the evil that men do lives after them, so let it be, they are gone now and we should remember and profit by knowing this past history, like LBJ we know that the leaders of today are not perfect.

          So what I hear is this: “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.” The Utes and Apache and others were in on this travesty of justice and fair play, I do not hold the sins of their fathers against them, so what we can influence today, look at people today, I am reminded of the Buffalo Soldiers and their part in history too? So we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against (evil) powers of today, IMHO. Plato thank you for those word ff uttered about Verdun…

          Now which statue or book shall we destroy to find our sense of fairness and purpose..what does it profit us to burn first?


          • I know what you mean, Tom. There are so many injustices that have been done to minority groups and woman throughout the ages — some of which still go on today. I don’t know what it will take to stop man’s inhumanity to man, animals, and the environment.

            I think this quote by an unknown Native American explains it best, “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”

          • Blue, your words to me are like “Preaching to the Choir”

            You are not just a Foxy Lady Blue, you are a “Sage” and that puts you close to and Oracle for finding the truth, ultimately truth is the same or should be for all people, it is not yours or mine it is whatever makes us better people. THis one is from a secret admirer, So if you like G Benson too, this one is for you and whoever you think about when you are in that color..BLUE



          • Nicely put TT.
            There is no single racial blame in the ancient and seminal theme of man’s inhumanity to man. In times of waxing, tribes of the world stayed home and lived off the fecundity of the land. In lean and waning times, upheaval and migration threw tribes in conflict over territories and resources. Much blood was spilled and many hatreds born. The Westward expansion of European migrants into New World territories is just one more example on a macro scale, of tribal competition for resources. On the plains of America, one branch of mankind met another in a standing wave of conflict. The ripples from this particular clash of humanity are still reverberating to this day.

  30. My Hope is that all of Life’s history will be revealed to us when we die.
    Who killed JFK?
    Who invented the wheel?
    Who really discovered North America?
    Who invented Olive Loaf?
    Watercolors are my favorite and that Oil has an Appaloosa horse in it (my favorite breed) Love them both!!
    These SB’s on Indian History and Bulls and Paintings are Awesome, Thank You Forrest!

    • I am in total agreement with you Goldilocks.

      If one carefully reads the history of the battle of the Little Bighorn.
      One might come to the same conclusion I have.
      Imo Custer committed genocide. As history will attest to if one reads what lead up to the battle. Years ago I lived not far from Ann Arbor Mi. They had a statue of Custer there. Personally I was not impressed. Unfortunately, the victor writes the history.


  31. Thanks so much for sharing your stories Forrest. The watercolor paintings are glorious especially the ghost shirt. I wonder which tribe that was from.

    Hope you and your Family have a wonderful Thanksgiving week end.

  32. You can only believe the facts as they are presented is what I’ve learned. I typically follow facts and for every author these days, I need three others just to verify an assumption.
    If Custer’s bones were examined wouldn’t that offer some evidence of what occurred in battle.
    Although I’m a bit opinionated though, the battlefield itself left the largest legacy in it’s political and social nature.

  33. I haven’t had a chance to go back and listen to Forrest’s interview with Paul but I did write in my notes “ One Feather” next to his name. On the oldsantafetradingco website the dog at bottom of home page which looks like Tesuque has one feather on his head.

  34. There is a tool I use to help understand hidden meanings in daily life, and I applied it to this scrapbook. It is called the I Ching. This is the reading it gave for this this scrapbook.

    Cast Hexagram:

    16 – Sixteen
    Yü / Enthusiasm

    Thunder comes resounding out of the Earth:
    Similar thunder roars up from the masses when the Superior Person strikes a chord in their hearts.

    Whip up enthusiasm, rally your forces, and move boldly forward.

    There is a rhythmic force, a world music, that lives deep in the Unconscious of each of us.
    It’s a primitive drumbeat, a shaking rattle, a tribal chant that invokes the primal self to rise up and join the dance.
    This is the enthusiasm that is generated now.
    Not rhetorical persuasion, not a play on the emotions, but a charismatic, irresistible Call of the Wild.
    Confucius said that the person who could comprehend this could ‘rule the world as though it were spinning in his hand.’
    This is a time for instinct, not intellect — the Thunder from the Beneath.

    This comes from the I Ching Online.NET

    I think Forrest is generating this enthusiasm with his scrapbooks. Thought it was a very interesting analysis from an ancient, respected Chinese tool.

  35. Not all painters can paint with different mediums.Paul is truly gifted in many ways.Sitting bull is a legend and everyone should read up on his life.His son Crow Foot died with him.

  36. I did quick search and I really like Paul Dyck’s painting style. His works seem a bargain for someone wanting to invest in art on a working mans salary.

    (Forgive my frivolous observations but doesn’t White Swan sound like a squaws name and Fawn on Elk Dyck sound more like a fierce Indian scout?)

  37. Good God Forrest. You really want this thing to be found next year. These past few posts. I mean Rainbow Hand. One Bull. The images above, the Bowl, and the Gun in Holster. Don’t worry, I won’t disappoint.

    In any case if I’m right or not, please do us a favor Forrest. If it’s found while you are still alive, please do a series of videos and live appearances explaining all of the hints and clues to us, because there is no way the person who finds it will have solved them all. And I think we’d all be thrilled to hear the answers. And you’d enjoy it as well. Thanks.

    • WOW, Jo Jo, like the iron in the cracks of that old wash basin, you nailed it with this comment…Kudos!


    • Heaven forbid – maybe “oldenhood” has set in………
      Nahhhhhhh – don’t believe that for one moment.

        • Lisa, when we deal with all these similar names and players of history I am remind me of the old spoof of “Whos on First and Whats on Second, you remind me of a man…what man? The man with the power…power of what? Voodo? Who do, you do. Do what? You..Remind me of a man…so to categorize these Indians that is best done with Tribal Census as you found out, Tribes like the names the Spaniards used in SW just often repeated names of Mexico, but places and Tribes is the key.. but suffice it to say, that history and especially as ff has intimated above, that it is a Foggy Dew, DO I remind you of a man? Voodo.


          • The word always makes me think of something that disrupts the cosmos and the energy’s to manipulate an outcome not destined to be .

          • When you say man with the power ? Don’t you mean a man with knowledge of how to manipulate energy and cosmos. When I think of voodoo I am reminded of the time I said there is no such thing as ghost on a specific tour while on vacation with my grandfather.

  38. Either way for White Swan, he died in the line of duty either heroically or extra-heroically.

    I really like the horse painting. I suppose it’s the colors that hook me, as they all said about Paul’s talent.

  39. Rainbow… leads me to self-realization…I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, “… I drank what?”

  40. One of the reasons I think that the “white man” inhumanity to the Native Americans is so bad is that in the 1500s there were approximately 12 million Native Americans living free on the land. By 1900, there were only about 237,000. According to historian David Stannard, it was the “worst human holocaust the world had ever witnessed.

    The U.S. Govt. broke treaty after treaty with tribe after tribe. My own ancestors, the Cherokee, went all the way to the Supreme Court to hear their case, but, of course, they lost. In 1823 the Supreme Court handed down a decision which stated that Indians could occupy lands within the United States, but could not hold title to those lands. This was because their “right of occupancy” was subordinate to the United States’ “right of discovery,” or in simpler terms, the legal right to take their land and increase their own wealth.

    We should not minimize the atrocities carried out on the Native Americans. On this many historians agree, “there can be no more monumental example of sustained genocide—certainly none involving a ‘race’ of people as broad and complex as this—anywhere in the annals of human history” (Stiffarm, et al.).

  41. Sooooo, this is a hard one. Not sure I understand what Fenn is trying to get into our heads with the abundance of his scrapbooks. I break off bits and pieces that don’t develop into anything significant – at least not for me.

    I find myself going down all kind of holes, none of which are the correct one. I do believe it’s growing harder and harder and the holes are getting deeper and deeper. Gonna have to shovel some of that dirt back in so nobody gets hurt if they step in one of my holes – as they say “leave no trace.”

    I feel like a dang dodo bird, no wonder they became extinct.

    • wwwamericana,

      Sounds like there’s still work to be done. I’m sure an attempt was made to leave no trace, but weakness made for a smashing ending within that effort. Makes sense to me…Until next time..


  42. The horse painting is beautiful, but not nearly as magnificent as the Indian tunic “Original watercolor from Paul’s book Brule”. Especially the combination of shapes and colours of; the bird in the middle, the crescent on the right, the sun on the left, and the red cleavage at the top.

  43. Paul’s book, entitled Brule’, reminds me of a contemporary Native American Band called Brulé. I first heard them when they performed at art festivals in our area. I liked them so much, I bought several of their albums…among them Star People, We the People, Nicole Night Tree, and Nicole Passion Spirit. For a nice treat, you can listen to their music here: The founder is Paul LaRoche. He is Lakota from Sioux Falls, SD. Nicole, who plays the flute, is his daughter. FF mentioned Mount Rushmore in this SB. If you read on Brule’s bio page, it tells of “their history-making concert, ‘Brulé, Live at Mount Rushmore—Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures.'”

    • Bird Dog,

      Nice read…thanks for the post. I’m guessing it would be an inspirational show. I like the thought of incorporating the culture along with the music. Adds to the imagination.


  44. Rimrock in the Verde Valley on Beaver creek looks like a cool place to hide a treasure, but it’s off the map. Maybe treasure 241 could survive best in a dry environment like Arizona or New mexico. But the desert like all places has its perils. Case in point. One time My good friend Kenny was homeless and hot on the trail of gold in the New Mexican desert. He liked his camp spot and got along with the few locals he met. One day another wanderer, wandered into kennys camp and asked if he could set up there. Kenny thought for a while then said, I guess it would be alright, but when Tiny comes through don’t mess with him and be respectful. Kenny had an agreement with Tiney that he could stay if he gave him half of all gold found. Well, as night started to fall the new stranger was hearing strange animal type sounds and whistles. He asked Kenny, what are these strange sounds im hearing? Kenny said, Oh, that’s Tiny and his gang. The man straightened and peered into the darkness. All of a sudden, twenty children appeared in the light of the campfire surrounding them. Then up stepped Tiny. Their just kids the man exclaimed and laughed. With that Tiny, who was actually very small in stature but seemed older than the others pulled Kenny aside. They talked in private for a bit then Kenny told the stranger Tiny did not like him and wanted him to leave. The man barely got out the words, Tiny when Tiny raised his arm and gave a loud whistle. The man was rushed by all the children, knocked to the ground and lassoed around the feet. Off they went, dragging the man into the desert. Kenny could hear the sounds fade into the distance, then get nearer. Then, through the campfire and back out into silence. Kenny feared for the man and come daylight made the journey into town to try to get a read on the situation. As kenny neared the hospital he saw a lone figure exiting with slow labored movements. It was the stranger. They stopped face to face in the street and Kenny said, man, I’m glad your still alive. Me too said the man. How did you get to the hospital asked Kenny. Tiny brought me answered the man, Id stay at the hospital longer but Tiny said I have to be out of town by sunset. As they parted ways Kenny turned back to the stranger and said, I told you. I know, I know, the man finished for him. Don’t mess with Tiny.. g

    • Ace, it almost leaves in tears… laughing, that is!

      Sounds exactly like my husband!

      Mickey, LOL…

      • Is he like Kenny, Tiny, or The Stranger? Because Kenny always claimed he had an identical twin brother. Both not born, but created by the government. g

        • Tiny, ’cause he’s marked his spot for the treasure.

          Maybe I’ve misinterpreted your story, but my husband certainly can’t be Kenny. The government’s hands are always full of something, and not necessarily where they should be.

          Okay, then again, maybe I’ll take back the preceding paragraph 😉

          Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  45. Late commenting and reading this one. Let history show this SB had many hints. Just wow! You guys enjoy reading your history.

  46. Lakota people were very knowledgeable of the stars, sun and earths connection . I believe they were able to create celestial maps and track time.

    I love this statement – “My people once hunted for buffalo – now we hunt for knowledge,” Chief Joseph Chasing Horse.

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