Kit Perriman


April 03, 2020

7 Cherokee Clans: Deer

7 Cherokee Clans: The Deer Clan

The Cherokee are a matrilineal society.  Children belong to their mother’s clan.



The Deer Clan are notoriously fast runners, traditionally employed as the messengers between villages.  They hunt deer in a respectful, sacred fashion and often tend the village animals. 


April 02, 2020

7 Cherokee Clans: Long Hair

7 Cherokee Clans: The Long Hair Clan

The Cherokee are a matrilineal society.  Children belong to their mother’s clan.



The Long Hair Clan is also known as the Twister, Hair Hanging Down, Wind, and Stranger Clan.  They provide most of the Peace Chiefs.  Because of their beautiful hair, this group is also known for its vanity.  Prisoners of war, orphans, and strangers are usually adopted into this family.

April 01, 2020

7 Cherokee Clans: Wolf

7 Cherokee Clans: The Wolf Clan

The Cherokee are a matrilineal society.  Children belong to their mother’s clan.



The Wolf Clan is the largest and most influential of all the clans.  They are the warrior protectors of the tribe, and most of the War Leaders come from this strong, powerful group.  They are the only people allowed to kill a wolf.

March 31, 2020

Cowboy Wisdom #6


Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch

“Outlaws and martyrs are greatly improved by death.”

March 30, 2020

Marty Robbins’ RUNNING GUN

Running Gun

(Jim and Tompall Glaser)


I rode out of Kansas City, going south to Mexico,
I was running, dodging danger, left the girl that I loved so.
Far behind lay Kansas City and the past that I had earned,
Twenty notches on my six gun marked the lessons I had learned.

Many times I sold my fast gun for a place to lay my head,
Until the nights began to haunt me by the men that I left dead.
Couldn’t stand it any longer with the life that I’d begun
So I said good-bye to Jeannie and became a running gun.

I rode into Amarillo as the sun sank in the west,
My thoughts in Kansas City, and the girl that I love best.
As I smiled and kissed her gently, and then turned around to go
Said I’d send for her to meet me when I’d reached old Mexico.

I had barely left the saddle, and my foot just touched the ground
When a cold voice from the shadows told me not to turn around.
Said he knew about my fast gun, knew the price paid by the law,
Challenged by a bounty hunter, so I turned around to draw.

I knew someday I’d meet him for his hand like lightning flashed,
My own gun stayed in leather as his bullet tore its path.
As my strength was slowly fading I could see him walk away
And I knew that where I lie today, he too must lie some day.

Now the crowd is slowly gathering, but my eyes are growing dim,
And my thoughts return to Jeannie
and the home that we had planned.
Oh, please tell her, won’t you Mister,
that she’s still the only one?
But a woman’s love is wasted when she loves a running gun – running gun -running gun.


March 27, 2020

Cowboy Biscuits

Cowboy Biscuits


1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup unbleached flour

1/4 tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons fat:  vegetable oil / bacon fat / lard

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Grated cheese to sprinkle


  1. Mix all the flour, salt, and baking powder in a pan or bowl.
  2. Rub in the fat until the mixture is like coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the milk and stir well.
  4. Divide the soft dough into equal-sized balls.
  5. Flatten each ball to form a biscuit-shaped round.
  6. Add the biscuits to a hot griddle or pan over the fire. [Bake in a hot oven for 15 -20 minutes]
  7. Cook until the biscuits rise and the tops start to brown.
  8. Sprinkle with paprika and grated cheese.

March 26, 2020

Seth Bullock (1874-1919)

Seth Bullock



  • Seth Bullock was a Canadian-American lawman who embodied the positive side of the Western pioneer spirit.
  • Bullock ran away from an abusive childhood home on several occasions, finally leaving for good at the age of eighteen.
  • He settled in Helena (Montana) and helped create the Yellowstone National Park.
  • After he became sheriff, he personally hanged his first man – a horse thief called Clell Watson.
  • From all accounts, Bullock was a brave, fair-minded lawman, with good business sense.
  • He partnered up with  Sol Star and opened a hardware store in Helena.
  • They later relocated to the gold-rush town of Deadwood (South Dakota), arriving the day before Wild Bill Hickok was murdered by Jack McCall.
  • Because of his previous experience, Bullock was immediately appointed as the first sheriff of Deadwood.
  • Wyatt Earp – the Deputy Marshall of Dodge City – challenged him for this position, but quickly backed down.
  • Bullock married Martha Eccles Bullock.  They had two daughters and a son.
  • With Sol Star, he continued investing in the Deadwood area and helped bring in the railroad.  Their interests eventually included a ranch, flour mill, and mining business.
  • When the hardware store burnt down in 1894, they replaced it with the Bullock Hotel.  It is still in operation today.
  • Bullock was appointed the U.S. Marshall for South Dakota, and served in that position for nine years.
  • He died of colon cancer in 1919, and is buried in Deadwood, alongside Hickok and Calamity Jane.
  • In 1889, Bullock met Theodore Roosevelt and they became friends.  Roosevelt said of him: “Seth Bullock is a true Westerner, the finest type of frontiersman.”


Legends of America, “Seth Bullock,” at

Wikipedia, “Seth Bullock” at

March 25, 2020

Indian Wars: Battle on the Red Fork (1876)

Battle on the Red Fork (Powder River)

Date:             November 25, 1876.

Opponents:  Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie, leading troops from Fort Robinson and a collection of Native American mercenary scouts


                        Dull Knife and the Northern Cheyenne, led by Little Wolf.

Place:             The Red Fork on the Powder River, Wyoming Territory.

* This battle is also known as the Dull Knife Fight.

* Colonel Mackenzie was informed of an extremely large village camped on the Powder River.  He set off with 1,000 men to investigate, hoping to find Crazy Horse and punish him for his role at the Little Bighorn.  One third of his army comprised of Native American scouts, working for the promise of any horses they could steal from their traditional Cheyenne enemies.

* The army attacked at dawn.  They drove the sleepy, half-naked warriors from their tipis into the frozen countryside.

* Dull Knife’s men offered a fierce resistance but finally had to retreat from their village.  It was plundered and destroyed.

* 3 of Dull Knife’s sons were killed.  It was so cold that 11 babies froze in their mother’s arms, and several of the refugee tribe suffered from frostbite.

* This defeat ended the Northern Cheyenne’s ability to wage war on the Great Plains.

* Dull Knife led the wounded, old, and non-combatants to surrender at Fort Robinson.

* Many of the warriors fled to join forces with Crazy Horse and the Oglala Sioux.

* The soldiers reported 7 killed and 22 wounded.

* The Cheyenne took 80 casualties.  They not only mourned the death of 40 of their people, but also an end to their old way of life.



Wikipedia, “Dull Knife Fight,” at, “Dull Knife Fight,” at

March 24, 2020

Cowboy Wisdom #5


“Never approach a bull from the front . . .

a horse from the rear . . .

or a fool from any direction!”

March 23, 2020

Marty Robbins’ SADDLE TRAMP

Saddle Tramp

(Marty Robbins)

They call me a drifter, they say I’m no good,
I’ll never amount to a thing.
Well, I may be a drifter and I may be no good,
There’s joy in this song that I sing.

Saddle tramp, saddle tramp.
I’m as free as the breeze and I ride where I please,
Saddle tramp, saddle tramp.

At night I will rest beneath a blanket of blue,
Doubt if I ever will change.
I might even dream of a lady I knew,
Might even whisper her name.

Saddle tramp, saddle tramp,
I’m as free as the breeze and I ride where I please,
Saddle tramp.

I might even wind up in Idaho
And visit a cute little miss,
A sweet little someone I used to know
And I might even stop long enough for a kiss.

Saddle tramp, saddle tramp,
I’m as free as the breeze and I ride where I please,
Saddle tramp, saddle tramp.

Might even ride back through Phoenix someday.
Might even stop for awhile.
But branded, no never! I’ll not be tied down
Trapped by a fair lady’s smile.

Saddle tramp, saddle tramp,
I’m as free as the breeze and I ride where I please,
Saddle tramp!


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