Meotzi (the girl from long ago) is a Jewel 146 ‘Candy Girl’ made by Orient Industry of Japan in March 2014. She has the optional ‘hard grip’ skeleton (stiff joints) for maximum posability.
She is my middle daughter. She is also something like a ‘solidogram’ (in science fiction) in that she is a record of someone from the past, whose name we do not know, and neither do we know the exact time in which she lived. In that respect she is perhaps analogous to a character in the 1980s British television series Sapphire and Steel.
One of her daughters is now a middle-aged woman living with us Northern Cheyennes on Tongue River. The mother lived to old age and died in Oklahoma six years ago, some time after Christmas (January, 1921) but her name is continued among us. A little granddaughter of mine is known to us as Meotzi. At times the young people joke [with] her: “You are Custer’s Indian wife.”
–Quoted from Kate Bighead, eyewitness at the battle of the Little Bighorn (June 25th, 1876) as written down by Thomas Bailey Marquis in 1927
After the battle of the Little Big Horn, Chief Sitting Bull escaped with a band of surviving Lakota Sioux to the ‘land of the great white grandmother’–Canada under Queen Victoria. The group, consisting of several thousand men, women, and children, was met at the border by the North-West Mounted Police. The mounties explained that the Lakota were there under the protection of British law, which, correspondingly, they must obey.
She is light enough and her joints stiff enough that she can hold a standing pose provided that she is leaning against something.
My old mum told me that when I was young. She died in 1995.
The painting in this ‘curtain backdrop’ is originally by Howard Fogg. My only modification is the station name sign.
Sitting Bull leads his people into Canada on History.com