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Native Indian Lore
Clinic at Pawnee, Oklahoma



This is the old highway 15 which has been resurfaced..  This the first  leg of our trip as we
drove to Pawnee, Oklahoma to visit the Indian clinic.  I never say anything about how old timers
called it haunted to the people who drive over this.  The road is straight, not used by trucks
and usually with little traffic so it is a nice drive.  There are too many stories I remember
being told about that somewhere along here is a portal to another world that exists along side
our own.  Mostly folks do not believe that anymore so, "let sleeping dogs lie."


The entrance to the relatively new Indian clinic is an clean, well-landscaped edifice with
an expensive tin roof. As we drove around a slow curve to come upon it, the building was
exciting to see.


This shot is closer to the entry way.


The first of a great collection of really outstanding  Indian art. I can't even imagine how
much this  collection is worth.  The only thing I missed was a descriptive tab beside the
pictures to explain their knowledge.  Some of understanding will be lost without a recording of what it means.


This wide, very clean hall way is only one of the walkways through the building. The recessed
lighting adds a soft light to enhance the painting and antique photographs which are covered with glass. Even the floor holds a Native American design.


The flashbulb detracts from the painting under glass but I left it because it is a good example of
how the paintings have been appropriately positioned for the particular place where they hang. This
is an elderly woman teaching a young woman and is what happened, without fail.  So much of what
I learned was from my grandmother.


This subject matter is not clearly seen, again, because of the flashbulb. Positioning it over the
water fountain where cool refreshment is available, to me, well illustrates the beautiful sound of the flute
on a cool evening as seen here.


This is a small niche within the great building. I can't remember what this particular area served but
seems like it was for the eyes.  Each section has its own area, eyes, diabetics, pediatrics, family, etc.


We are outside the building here and this is a part of the old boarding school that has been closed
for too many years to remember. I watched the children play on these lawns when I was a child and
remembered asking Mother if I could go to school there and I remember her set jaw and unresponsiveness and didn't understand why at the time.  I do now.


The marker on the front lawn of this building tells us the historical society has probably saved these
old buildings.  I didn't get a good photograph of the old hospital but it was a really large building and is
still outstanding.  This smaller house is where the superintendant of the Bureau of Indian Affairs lived.
I also remember this building well since we drove here many times during my childhood. The Pawnee
hospital is where all our health routines were met.  This house would make a wonderful living museum
where records of genealogy could be kept, second floor.  This area does flood and records in the
hospital have been lost.


On our way back over highway 15 again a large spread of water can be seen.  This is the back
side of the Oklahoma Gas and Electric power station.  You can barely see it on the horizon. Here is information on it:
http://www.cleartheair.org/reports/fishing_for_trouble/fishing_for_trouble.pdf


A barn constructed way back, when I can't tell you at the moment. It burned at one point in time as
I remember and was rebuilt in stone as you see here. It is now on the historical list and can be purchased if you have a million dollars. This barn on HWY 77 is called the big barn. It was and probably still is, the largest barn in the U.S.A. Some say the world. The bachelor who built it was named Schultz. He also owned the land across the highway and built the rock chicken house or small barn that is there. He and his family were German immigrants and his large holdings and farm operation was with his sister and some other family members.




A closer shot of the O.G. and E. plant.  Brown and Root construction company out of Texas built this.
My husband worked on it and I was always uneasy with him doing electrical work there. Sure enough, one evening Rod was on his way home at 4:30 when it came over the radio that a sudden gust of wind had caught the steel framework and it fell flat. A neighbor who was working there was on that shift. He commented to me about it, "Have you ever felt like you were running for your life?" 


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