SAMUEL LITTLE COOK, OO-Hunh-Zhing-Gah, meaning
literally, "Little Cook." He came to the Ponca City area from
Nebraska in 1876, on the Ponca's own "Trail of Tears."
Died: Kay county, Oklahoma. Buried on his
original allotment, 10 miles west on old Highway 66, turn south, go four
miles, Sixty feet along the first fence row of allotment.
There is no marker. Clan:
Rainmaker-Straight Path, HE-SAH-DAH.
Occupation: Owner, Lumber Mill
Spouse: Esther Broken Jaw, Buried at same
location next to her husband.
1. Creth Little Cook
Spouses: 1. Sam Big Snake 2. Jack No Ear,
who died and Creth remarried Sam Big Snake.
2. Annie Little Cook
Spouse: Jessie Gives Waters - no children
3. Fannie Little Cook
Spouse: Phillip No Ear
4. David Little Cook
Spouse: Marion Pappan
5. Henry Little Cook
Born: 1888 - Died 1936, never married, Lee
Otis Jones is buried next to him at the Ponca Indian Cemetery.
6. Elizabeth Little Cook (Me-Tah-Ing-Gay)
Born 1884 - Died September 13, 1963
Spouse: 1. Narcisse Pensoneau 2. Henry
Hernandez (Enrique Emilio Hernandez)
The interpreters gave the Indian people a
Christian name. The people would tell them what the name meant and the
interpreter would try to fit it to English.
"One Who Has A Stormy
Countenance," became "Rain in the Face," and so on.
The word "OO-Huhn," is Ponca for
cook. "Zhing-Gah," or "Shing-Gah," is the word for
little. Since he was of the Straight Path clan this could have meant he
was one who was responsible to dividing and measuring out the food
portions to each camp. This practice is still carried on at the time of
the "Pow-Wow," when each camper is given a ration of food. There
were and still are people who cook for certain large gatherings, funeral
and special dances, etc. They have quite a responsible position in
preparing for these large feasts. No one person does all the work. There
are even those who butcher the animals, usually a beef.