Thursday, May 7, 2009


Tippy Canoe & The Paddlemen - "Mass Transmissions" (2009) from Skizz Cyzyk on Vimeo.

I got the nicest email from Tippy Canoe. I promise to write something about her soon. You can watch this while you wait.


mwhybark said...

Tippy takes her name from a successful Presidential candidate of the early 1800s, who won a battle with some injuns and parlayed it into a campaign slogan, "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too."

Tippecanoe was the anglicized place name of the site of the fight, which took place around some bluffs above the Wabash river near what is now Lafayette, Indiana and what was then Fort Ouiatenon, Northwest Territories. Today both sites are in Tippecanoe County, and I lived there from 1967 to 1976 with time off in Santiago Chile and Boston Massachusetts.

There are memorial stones and stuff on the battleground, near a hamlet I recall being called Battleground.

James Henry Harrison may have been my maternal grandma's ancestor, and for sure he hold the titke for shortest-vested elected Prez, dying a month after taking office due to pneumonia, supposedly contracted due to ill-advised speechifyin at the inaugural, but really (it seems clear to me) due to injun spells cast in the course of that battle, held up to me and countless other northern Hoosiers as evidence of he red man's primitive foolish superstitious ways.

I hear tell that the Fest of the Harvest Moon, held annually in the fall at the restoration park for Fort Ouiatenon, is the largest re-enactors' gathering on the continent, drawing 30 to 50 THOUSAND folks. I still have bullets, calligraphic writings, a truly stinky coonskin cap, and a cast-lead figure of President Lincoln I watched being transformed from ingot to leader, all obtained between 1970 and 1770 at the Festival, on the banks of the mighty Wabash.

Your driver said...

Mike, I think most truly important things are actually references to Indiana.

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