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The Indian Advocate.
131 they say, while on a hunting expedition on one occasion, a dis pute occurred between two rival chiefs over the possession of the udder of a female antelope, a delicacy particularly prized by Indians. The dispute grew into an angry quarrel, with the result that the chief who failed to secure the coveted por tion left the party and withdrew with his band toward the northwest, while the rest of the tribe moved to the southeast, crossed the Yellowstone, and continued onward until they met the Crows ("crow people"), with whom they had hitherto been unacquainted. By permission of the Crows they took up their residence east of that tribe, with which they made their first alliance. Up to this time they had no horses, but used only dogs and the travois. For a while they continued to visit the mountains, but finally drifted out into the plains, where they first procured horses and became acquainted with the Arapaho and Cheyenne, and later with the Dakota. Keim, writing in 1870, says that the Kiowa "claim that their primitive country was in the far north," from which they were driven out by wars, moving by the aid of dogs and dog sledges. "From the north they reached a river, now the south fork of the Platte. Their residence upon this river is within the recollection of the old men of the tribe. Not sat isfied with the Platte country, they moved on across the Re publican and Smoky Hill rivers until they reached the Arkan sas. Thence they moved upon the headwaters of the Cimar ron. Here they permanently located their council fire, and, after much fighting, secured control of all the country south of the Arkansas river and north of the Wichita mountains and headwaters of Red river." There can be no doubt as to the correctness of the main points of this tradition, which is corroborated by the testi mony of the northern Arapaho and other tribes of that region. While to the ordinary reader the result of the quarrel may seem out of all due proportion to the cause, it will not appear so to anyone familiar with Indian life and thought. The sav-