Tsa Toke the meeting of compelling
conscious and unconscious, of racial memories,
loss of tribal security, and religious beliefs added to
drive of the creative urge to make live in form and
in color the spirit
of the Indian. The curious release to
his genius, in this instance by
the effect of "peyote," gives
to his work a rare individual
That the past is not unrelated to the present Peyote
Ritual of the Kiowas seems obvious. When the call to
war of a brave tribe
of warriors was no longer heard,
their old way of life no longer existed, their lands
lost and buffalos killed, the trail into the future was
and unknown. Peyote gave them faith in a
new power and a new road they
might follow from
the past that was still in their hearts and minds to
little understood future.
explanation and meaning of all but three of his
was given to me by Tsa Toke by word of
or written by him and sent with a picture.
The last time I saw Tsa Toke
was in Anadarko at a
in the school house of the old Catholic Mission.
Present at the dinner
were the head priest, "Father Al,"