Storyteller to spin tales of his Crow people
Circling the Square
By Ceci Clover, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
March 6, 2013
Happy birthday to Marilynn Holman Larson, who will be 80 years young Friday!
Stacey Dieckmann, president of the Jackson Hole Women’s Bowling Association, sent word about the association’s 2013 Women’s City Bowling tournament, which runs the weekends of March 9-10 and March 16-17 at the Elks Club.
Currently the association has nearly 60 bowlers. Their season runs from September through March or April, depending on the league. They have one all-women’s league that takes the lanes Monday nights called the Taminah League. It consists of four teams of five women each. The other leagues are the Coffee Hour League on Wednesday mornings, the Grand Teton League on Thursday nights and the Leigh Lake League on Friday nights, all of which are mixed leagues. Tuesday and Wednesday nights is the Mount Moran men’s league, in which some women bowl.
These women are serious about their sport. Last season Heather Zamora bowled a 600 series, while left-handed bowler Tracey Carey bowled a 700 series and Alice Moon had an 800. This season association member Kris Ratcliff hit the 700 series mark. Each of these earns the bowler a special coat with the series amount on the back.
Other JHWBA board members are Vice President Shauna Trimble, council members Kelley Tucker, Vickie Giles and Diane Sweatt, and Association Manager Heather Zamora.
The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, thanks to the generosity of Ed and Shirley Cheramy, offers three opportunities to hear Crow historian and storyteller Grant Bulltail.
The first chance to hear one of the last of the traditional storytelling families of the Crow will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the museum building on North Cache. Bulltail will tell about Bishish, the Crow warrior who first brought horses to his people after fasting in the Tetons and receiving instructions from his spirit helpers where to go and how to find them. His successful quest sent him on a lengthy journey with a small band of hand-picked warriors through what is now Yellowstone National Park, into Jackson Hole, down into New Mexico and on south. Returning seven years later, he drove hundreds of horses north into the Crow’s Montana homelands.
Bulltail will explain the Crow concept of fasting for guidance and adoption by spirit helpers, which many whites refer to as a vision quest, as part of telling Bishish’s story. Seating is limited so please arrive early for this presentation.
Bulltail’s second appearance will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole’s Genesis Room at 1251 South Park Loop Road. On that night Bulltail will explain that while the Teton area is generally associated with the Shoshone and Shoshone/Bannock, the Crow or Apsaalooke traveled and hunted here extensively and in the Wind Rivers.
Bulltail also will share the Crow creation story on the Yellowstone River, known to the Crow as Elk River, in what is now Yellowstone National Park. This is an exciting and exhilarating account of the beginning of all creation, which was accomplished with the help of all creatures, from wolves to ducks and finally humans, who were created last that they might “look up in wonder.”
Bulltail’s final appearance will be at 7 p.m. March 13, again at the historical museum. Seating will be limited so arrive early to hear Bulltail tell coyote stories. These stories were traditionally told around the family fire during the long winter nights and were a staple in many Indian homes and cultures.
Frequently they were told to help instruct the young in the ways of the world. Coyote is a cultural hero and trickster who, as often as not, got into hot water due to his all too human foibles of lust, pride, greed, stupidity and laziness.
A sincere thank you to the Cheramys, whose deep and abiding interest in Native American culture has brought this unparalleled opportunity to our community.
A quick look at what is happening at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole shows Ingrid Weber’s beading class is tomorrow. The Rusty Nails Tap Dancing Gals are gathering on Tuesday. Mary Martin will present “Putting Your Affairs in Order” on March 13. And March 18 will bring a talk about reflexology at 10 a.m. followed by a St. Patrick’s Day lunch sponsored by the Bank of Jackson Hole. There is a stretching class at 10:45 a.m. on March 21. You can hear about what Medicare has to offer on March 22, and on March 23 you can take an AARP safe driving class.
Ceci Clover writes weekly on the doings and doers in and around Jackson Hole. Submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307-733-8348.