"Jerome S. Colburn" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>But is "Fintan McManus" really a Plains Indian name ;-D ?
Fintan McManus emigrated from Belfast in 1818 and was employed by
the Hudson's Bay Company trapping beaver on the Great Plains.
Unfortunately, after sampling a shipment of trade rum, he put
his foot into one of his own traps and fell out of his canoe.
He was saved from drowning by Goat Drum, a Lakota brave who
plunged into the rapids and cut off his foot with his trusty
tomahawk. It is from this incident that "Teetotaller's Reel",
which he was lilting at the time of the mishap, acquired the
alternative title "Where's My Other Foot?".
To repay the tribe for saving his life, Fintan promised to teach
them Irish set dancing. However, due to the grammatical
differences between Gaelic and Lakota, and his inability to
perform the correct steps himself, his efforts were not
Some years after Fintan's demise from a broken neck while attempting
a demonstration performance of "The Kilkenny Races", his legacy
changed the course of history. The Lakota, enraged by the 7th Cavalry
Band's inability to play "The Girl I Left Behind Me" in 11/16
time to accompany their traditional version of "The High Cauled Cap",
turned on the hapless musicians and slaughtered them and their musical
director, after they refused to alter the tune as shown in their sheet
music. This became known as "Custer's Last Music Stand". The lone
survivor of the incident was a Bulgarian immigrant gadulka player,
who accompanied the Lakota in their flight to Canada, where he founded
a successful nudist resort and dance school near the hot springs in
Banff called "Horo Nocht a Cheile".
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