"Home of the UmonHon Indian Nation" Macy by cochinjew

Macy Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 15 photos

UmonHon...people against the current

UmonHon Indians have contributed much to the American Anthropology. They have written over 100 books about us, but still know nothing about us, lamented an elder.
A good introduction to the way of UmonHon thinking and life is the book by Margaret Mead which is dificult to come by.
La Flesche and Fletcher has a two volume book on the UmonHon. By the way, the europeanized version of their name is OMAHA.. how many people who live in the present day city of OMAHA know what their name stands for, I wonder.. They are related to Ponca, Osage among others. In pre historic times they seemed to have lived near the present day South Carolina. Ohio is an omaha word and they lived there during historic times. They have been in their current location for hundreds of years and made contacts with the french fur trappers. So many of the umonhon people have french surnames: la flesche being one, lamere is another..
The first indian woman graduate in Medicine was an umonhon, Susan La flesche Picotte ( there is another french surname ). She settled back among her people and founded and operated a hospital for umonhon long before the americans took any such interest.
Um pa tonga or LIttle ELk is considered to be one of their greatest orators and some of his speeches have been written down and preserved, and they are quite moving.. ( I wonder whether Fidel knows about him?)....
Until recently, 1950s, UmonHon were quite healthy, walked everywhere and spoke their language and maintained their medicine societies. There was a sudden decline after the second world war and the tribe's health was devastated by modern day diseases. Currently their longevity is about 20 years less than that of the nebraska white people...

Mother and Daughter UmonHon

I consider myself very priveleged to be working and learning and living with UmonHon Indians on an occasional basis. I have learned a lot from them, mainly about being a good human being

cedar ceremony

Many of the traditional ceremonies are stil intact within the umonhon society. this photo taken at a cedar ceremony at the opening of the Prevention Centre at the UmonHon country, in Macy. Indians are far ahead of the other people when it comes to the prevention of diseases among their own people. This prevention centre is called Valentin Parker Jr Prevention Centre for Youth.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful People, caught in cross currents of history
  • Cons:Please leave them alone. Visit them only during Pow Wow in august
  • In a nutshell:If you can help, Physical and Mental Well being of the Indians, please do so, through some university channels
  • Last visit to Macy: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 21, 2006
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