APIATAN (Wooden Lance)
When Gul pah go (Lone Wolf I) passed
his name an succession on to his adopted son, in 1879, Apiatan disputed the
succession, as it was not blood line, and he was a nephew.
The winter of
1890-1891 word came down along the edges of the Kiowa land about this "Man from
the North"that had seen Jesus, had seen all the dead people, had seen the
buffalo, and had seen the country where all the dead people lived with Jesus and
the buffalo. He said there were rivers and good grass and plenty of food for
everybody. It was the country the white people called the Happy Hunting
Wooden Lance was sent by the Kiowa to find this Man From the
North and find out about belief. He traveled into the Cheyenne land, then on
into the Arapaho land searching. He left his horse with the Arapaho, and taking
a young man that could translate, boarded a train He rode North and when he left
the train, he found a Sioux camp. They talked and the Sioux told him they had
gotten word from west, from the Paiutes. That is where he would have to
The Sioux sold him a horse and he headed west to Paiute country. It
was coming winter in the North country, and he was dressed for summer where he
lived. He came to a Shoshoni Camp, where they told him the Paiutes were still
father west. They had a young man who spoke Paiute and sign language and sent
him with him. They traveled 5 more days and found the camp of Wovoka.
Wooden Lance talked to Wovoka for some time, then left, making his way
back to Kiowa Country along the route he had taken. When he returned home, in
February, 1891, he told of what he found out. Although Wooden Lance could not
believe, there were many that did.
In 1898, Wooden Lance was a delegate
to Washington D. C. to protest the opening of the Reservation.
Information from "The Ten Grandmothers" by Alice Marriott, published by
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, 1945; and "Calender History of the
Kiowa Indians" by James Mooney, published by Smithsonian Institution Press,
Washington, D.C. from reports, 1895-1896.
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