Herman Goes To "Church"

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I've been highlighting the work of the great Zhou Shu Liang. This is the way they were hunting buffalo when Herman joined the Apache:

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But by the time he left the Comanche the plains were empty and buffalo were hard to find, reduced from herds of 30 to 50 million to a few hundred... thanks to the U.S. government sponsored slaughter program to starve the tribes into submission:

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Howdy folks, greetings from the Great Plains of North Texas!

We're in a series about the Wild West and the incredible story of an 11 year old German boy, Hermann, who was captured by an Apache war party from his family's farm in 1870 in Central Texas.

He's now 19-20 years old at this point in the story and has become a full blown warrior who hates and fears the White man. And in fact, has taken many a scalp. He's been with the Comanche for a few years now.

Yesterday's post

In the last post Herman's stoic exterior was beginning to crack. It was clear that the family's affection, lead by his mother's unconditional love, (even though he was acting like a pompous jackass) was winning him over.

Today's story

It had been 3 or 4 months since he came to stay with the Palefaces. He was learning English and starting to really enjoy his family. The radical love of his mom and family was transforming his heart.

But he was still a total Indian. In his mind. He couldn't understand the concept of everyone working instead of enjoying themselves in the freedom of nature. Materialism was foreign to him. (except horses)

He continued to dress like a Comanche too, refusing white man clothes.

Everyone accepted this local "oddity"

Of course, this made him stick out like a sore thumb and he was known far and wide as The Indian Boy. And I think he thrived on that attention really. But sometimes he had no idea how to act. Like the church service they were having under a brush arbor one day.

Herman watched the proceedings with great interest and when they got very vocal with shouting and praises he came to the conclusion that they were having a rain dance so he rushed up to the alter with his war club and started doing a war dance that cleared the front of the church out because they were so startled!

His brother had to lead him away and the service was closed. lol. That wasn't the only time he crashed a church service though.

Herman became an entertainer

Herman got a kick out of entertaining crowds of whites, he could do the most amazing acrobatics on a horse. They could take the wildest
horse and run it by him and he'd jump up and control it with no bridle or saddle.

Plus he'd do all kinds of trick riding like riding on the side of the horse so the enemy couldn't shoot him.

Well, one day when he was entertaining a crowd they kept walking away toward the river and he noticed well dressed men with long coats coming by and they seemed to get more respect so he determined that they must be medicine men.

The old fashioned shouting meetin

With his crowd dwindling he decided to go see what the event down by the river was. He hid behind the bushes at a distance but had a good view. One of the medicine men would talk and read from a book, then the crowd would stand and sing.

Then they would get on their knees and cover their faces, some would weep, some groaned, then they got up and sang a song. Then the medicine man started talking, very quiet at first, then he got louder and the people joined in. He wondered why the medicine man wasn't smoking though.

Then there were shouts of laughter, screams, shouting, some rushed to the center and started dancing. Much confusion reigned, at least it seemed to Herman.

If church gets boring just invite Herman

It was an old fashioned Methodist shouting meeting but Herman decided it must be a new kind of war dance or rain dance or some kind of religious ceremony so he was all in!

He dashed to the center of the worship and gave the Comanche yell, cleared several benches and started dancing! This created a stampede of people heading the other way. lol.

He didn't understand why his manner of worship didn't suit those white people!

He looked around and he was all by himself, the big medicine man was running away with the tails of his coat flapping as he headed toward town.

The family made him promise to never go to another revival until he learned the language and how to behave himself.

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Okay, in spite of some missteps he's getting there. And even though he's the strangest duck in the pond, the townspeople all accept him. His journey continues in the next post.

Thanks for reading folks, God bless you all!
-jonboy
Texas

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Oh my goodness, how funny!

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Howdy there esteemapp! Thanks so much for the upvote and for all you do!

I really like the saying at the end of the post.
Hermann is proving to be quite a handful. Dancing in the revival meetings was entertaining. 😂 !tip

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haha! yeah I think that would have been hilarious to see! Thanks redheadpei!

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Good morning janton, what a hoot to have Hermann the Comanche around the place. I really like the philosophy of the Indians, they were very connected to the Earth energy.

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ha! Yes, Herman was a great source of entertainment! The white man could learn many things about nature from the Indians if he wasn't so arrogant!

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There are a growing number of good people who are listening and connecting janton, slowly but surely.

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I hope so, I haven't seen much evidence of it but I have faith that things can change.

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So do I⭐️

I was expecting some more fluff as I visited your blog but good to see you're continuing the story of Hermann the German lol.

Surprisingly coherent, entertaining and you've done your research - you must be sober! No go have a beer or 10 🙂

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lol! yes I deserve a few don't I? After sacrificing a few hours of soberness so I could get that post out! I'm glad you commented sir nickyhavey because now I'm going over to see if you wrote one of your epic ebooks.

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If you hang around long enough, there may be another book coming in the next couple of hours. You look like a guy who likes eucalyptus scented poo so you should enjoy the read.

Go get your 🍻

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what the?? I like what? lol. ok I'll have to check it out, I'll probably be severely impressed. If I can comprehend it.

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Haha better sober up before you read it Lord Janton lol

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Now you're asking to sacrifice alot just for one little post!

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Haha never get between a redneck and his beer. That should be printed on a beer mat!

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haha! That's actually another good line sir nickyhavey, I'll have to use that one sometime, thanks!

He must have seemed as strange to them as they did to him! I can imagine having an unexpected Comanche War dance in the center of your church service must have been something of a shock!

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lol! yeah that had to have been terrifying to them. lol. But so funny to imagine. How are you today Melinda?
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I have joined Snax. They give Tokens based on your activity. Right now I don't think they have a value. I think Palnet is another front end site like Busy, Partiko or eSteem, right? I haven't looked into it, but did claim their tokens in my Steem engine wallet.

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Ok thanks, I haven't taken time to think or read about these things. Yeah I think you're right about Palnet, the advantage being that you can earn both Palcoins and steem at the same time.

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I just listened to a portion of Crimsonclads MSPwaves explanation. We can still post from eSteem and just also include the palnet tag and get Tokens. I think it sounds good. I staked the Tokens that they air dropped and will begin using their tag tomorrow. Off to bed now. There is SO much going on right now that it's hard to keep up, but I think both of these could be to our advantage.

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You're spot on! You don't have to change a thing, but if you use the tag you can double dip! PAL runs on top of Steem, so a good way to think of it is it's going to mirror and expand beyond your Steem experience. When you vote on a Steem site on a post with the tag, or anything on PALnet, you'll be awarding both tokens. Staking your PAL is the same thing as powering up Steem... depending on how many of each you have staked as SP or as PAL power, you will be allocating out rewards accordingly as both. It's a cool system and lets you do things the way you always have, but it also might get you doing things differently! Whether it changes your Steem habits as they are now is completely up to you and what you decide to do with your free PAL!

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@crimsonclad Thanks for the confirmation that my initial understanding of Pal is correct! I think I will understand more as I begin to use it and see how it works.

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Howdy trufflepig! thanks so much for the upvote and the information!

It must have been really interesting having him around. You would of thought they could have put him to use with his outdoor knowledge. That surely would have helped him to integrate more and start trusting the pale faces again.

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Howdy sir cryptoandcoffee! yes like for advice on how to keep their horses from being stolen or if they needed any kind of meat he could go hunt for them and who knows how many other things, I agree, good point sir.

Howdy Sir @janton, well at least Hermann kept some of the congregation members awake methinks.
His take on the meetings sounds hilarious and in my minds eye I can see the disappearing Reverend/Pastor/Medicine man with his coat tails flapping Lol.
A happy post this.
Blessings!

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Howdy sir papilloncharity! I agree, that was so funny and I think it would have been fine if they'd let him continue, (minus the war club on that first one, lol) and see how it ended up. I'm sure when it died down he would have calmed down too.

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Howdy steem-plus and thank you for the upvote!

I pulled a Herman or two during church as a kid, as I'm sure everyone did at least once. I got my ass beat for it, as I'm sure everyone did at least once.

The way you told this part of the story was priceless @janton! I felt like I was there and I couldn't stop laughing. OMG! ROFLOL!

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lol.howdy Butterfly! Thank you so much, it was fun to tell and I think that would have been so hilarious to watch! He said he was worshipping in his own way so I think they should have let him be.

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Ha, from "White Boy" to "Indian Boy." It sounds to me like those Methodists were just being a little judgmental, not including him! lol

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lol! I agree sir fotosdenada! I think if they would have let him join in with them instead of running away it would have been fine when they all calmed down. lol.

OH MY GOSH!!! LMAO!!! I would love to see Hermann at the church!!! I would be cheering for him!!! You know I am not a fan of main stream religion so I would really enjoy this, lol.

Beautiful poem by the way 😊

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lol! I'm not a big fan of most main stream religion either because I'm not a fan of religion period and most are just big institutions of religious rules and I know you already know this. lol.
But I would have loved to have seen that, Herman blowing up their service! lol.

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I am glad we have that in common too, lol. He must of been quite the sight, oh my gosh!!! I would die laughing!!!

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lol! yeah you and I would be laughing and they're throw us out too!
But that had to be hilarious to watch as an outsider. lol.

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We would be his groupies, lol.

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yes! I'd love to hang out with him and hear stories wouldn't you? But I ain't sleepin out on the ground in Texas! no way!

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Oh yeah, that would be a problem ,lol

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I just saw a huge scorpion in the yard today, and I shudder to think about the snakes so I don't know how they did it without those visitors.