Subject: Legends Of America Newsletter - Native American Heritage Month

A Glorious Disaster, scattered lodges to largest city, salute to veterans & Native American Heritage

Legends of America Newsletter - November 2022

In this newsletter:

  • Native American Heritage Month

  • Scouts of the Prairie: A Glorious Disaster

  • From scattered lodges to the largest city

  • A salute to those who fight for freedom

and more!

Latest from our world

Please welcome the latest addition to our pack, Ms. Presley Prancer Alexander. Presley, 'cause she ain't nothin' but a hound dog. Prancer, because she's wirey and prances around. Presley comes to us from a shelter in Polk County, Missouri after she had to leave her fur-ever home as her human required hospitalization. She's fitting right in, and we're hoping this rescue will help our Miss Joey Squirrel learn how to be a dog.

We broke Presley in quickly, leaving on a journey just a few days after we got her. Spent more quality time in Kansas, for our Legends of Kansas website, exploring south-central and eastern parts of the state. Expect quite a few additions over the coming months from our journey, including some cool coal mining and railroad history in the land of Ahhs.

Presley was a bit confused over our movements from one place to another, but she was pleased as punch when she realized we had come back to her new home. I think she thought we were gypsies, which is something I've thought a few times over the years. Yep, she fits right in.

Ok, lot's to cover in this month's newsletter, so coffee up and let's go.

Dave & Kathy

Fringed Leather Medicine Bag - Made in the USA from soft deer hide, these fringed leather bags measure approximately 5 1/2" long x 3 1/2" wide, with the drawstring end at the top with about 1 1/2" leather fringe at the bottom. Great for Pow Wows, Re-enactments, Living History, home use, and more.

Fill it with our optional add-ons. At Legends' General Store.

What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

Scouts of the Prairie: A Glorious Disaster – Author Daniel R. Seligman brings us the story of Scouts of the Prairie, a stinker of a play that opened on December 16, 1872 in Chicago. The show was a critical step in the artistic transition from dime novel to stage and launched Buffalo Bill Cody into stardom.

Wagon Mound, New Mexico – On the Santa Fe Trail – Wagon Mound, New Mexico, a village in Mora County, is located at the foot of a butte called Wagon Mound, an important landmark on the Santa Fe Trail.

Thomas R. Livingston – Confederate Guerilla – Major Thomas R. Livingston was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War and a participant in the Bleeding Kansas era that preceded the war.

The Mothman of West Virginia – In Point Pleasant, West Virginia, a large humanoid creature called the Mothman was sighted decades ago by two young couples who fled the dark woods in terror.

Steps to Counteract Sickness While Traveling – Possibly one of the worst times to get sick is when you’re traveling, as you’re nowhere near the creature comforts that help you feel that little bit better. Here’s what to do in case this happens to you. (Submitted by Daniel Sherwin at

Wichita, Kansas – Largest City – (Legends of Kansas) The site of Wichita was first settled in 1864 when J.R. Mead opened a trading post. When Mead first settled, the Wichita Indians occupied the land, and the town was named for the tribe. The word means “Scattered Lodges.”

Tuttle Creek Lake and State Park – (Legends of Kansas) The lake is a reservoir on the Big Blue River five miles north of Manhattan. It provides 12,500 surface acres of water and 100 miles of shoreline, making it the second-largest lake in Kansas.

Assaria, Kansas – (Legends of Kansas) Assaria, Kansas, in Smoky View Township in south central Saline County, was founded when several Chicago, Illinois settlers bought a section of land for $3.50 an acre.

Salute our Veterans this Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day

It was “the war to end all wars.” Or at least that’s how World War I was viewed in November of 1918 when it was known simply as “The Great War.”

And it was on the eleventh hour.. of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 that fighting ended on the western front of the war through an armistice; A day which would eventually be remembered and recognized in the U.S. as Veterans Day.

Native Plants, Native Healing (Traditional Muskogee Way)

Cherokee and Hitchiti author Tis Mal Crow shares his knowledge of medicinal uses of plants and traditional Native root-doctoring techniques. Readers learn how to identify, honor, and select common wild plants and are given information about responsible harvesting versus cultivation. He also explains how to prepare liniments, lotions, oils, salves, teas, and tinctures, and recommends specific remedies for numerous ailments. A must for beginners as well as serious students of herbology. Illustrated and indexed by both plant name and medical topic.

Author Tis Mal Crow also worked internationally with indigenous healers and herbal groups to promote the medicinal uses of herbs and the conservation of the wild habitat needed to sustain the growth of medicinal herbs.

Did You Know?

November is Native American Heritage Month. While Native American History is well documented, there are hundreds of interesting facts and trivia about our first Americans that many people are not aware of.

Ancient & Modern Pueblos – Oldest Cities in the U.S.

Situated throughout the southwest are dozens of historic pueblos, some of which date back centuries. These Pre-Columbian towns and villages, primarily located in the American Southwest, were often located in defensive positions on high mesas, cliffs, and canyons.

Native American Photo Prints

Browse our many Native American photo galleries for that unique gift this year. Prints available in many sizes, small to large, Canvas Wraps and more.

All at Legends' Photo Print Shop

First Train Robbery on the Pacific Coast

On the morning of November 5, 1870, the news was flashed around the civilized world that the Overland Express train which left San Francisco, California the previous morning, carrying gold to the miners at Virginia City, Nevada had been “held up” and robbed near Verdi, a station about ten miles west of Reno, and that over $40,000 had been taken from the Wells-Fargo strongbox by masked heavily armed men. This being the first train robbery on the Pacific Coast, it almost took away the public breath, and for a while caused great excitement and much newspaper comment on two continents.

James H. Kinkead, an Under Sheriff of Washoe County, Nevada, involved in arresting two of the outlaws, created this handwritten story found after his death.

The American Tradition of Thanksgiving

The way we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States today is not without controversies and debates, but it remains a time for Americans to give thanks for the Fall harvest, good fortune, and blessings from God.

The idea of celebrating the harvest pre-dates the Pilgrims with origins that can be traced back to the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Even Native Americans annually celebrated their harvest long before Europeans or the Spanish ever arrived on the North American Continent.

"If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself." - Tecumseh, Shawnee Nation

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