injun summer

Well, that’s when all the homesick Injuns come back to play; You know, a long time ago, long afore yer granddaddy was born even, there used to be heaps of Injuns around here — thousands — millions, I reckon, far as that’s concerned. Beverly Hills rather notoriously has no preservation laws so developers are free to demolish buildings at will. Why I kin hear ’em rustlin’ an’ whisper in’ an’ creepin’ ’round among the leaves all the time; an’ ever’ once’n a while a leaf gives way under some fat old Injun ghost and comes floatin’ down to the ground. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Nobody explained that the place where I grew up was settled by a people that was systematically taken out or pushed aside in the name of progress, or that the manner in which we celebrate their cultures is, frankly, insensitive and terrible.

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As early asthe “famous” cartoon had inkun a “much-loved” annual event, the Tribune said in promoting a high-quality print — “ready for framing” — that the newspaper included in an upcoming Sunday edition. One of the biggest dramatizations involved 1, children performing it at Soldier Field in August as part of the Tribune-sponsored Chicagoland Music Festival.


They all went away and died, so they ain’t no more left. McCutcheon’s original black-and-white drawing is in the collection of the Chicago History Museum. The “Injun Summer” era ended on Oct.

Chicago history, Chicago Flashback: John T. McCutcheon’s Injun Summer – Chicago Tribune

They’re all around us now. Deadlines roll around every day in the newspaper business, whether a writer or an artist is fired by an idea or not. His death in earned a front-page obituary. Smell that smoky sort o’ smell in the air? Every fall, some readers complain that they miss it.

Where I grew up, small streams have names in the language of the people who came before us; the water flows into the big lake people say looks more like an ocean, where Native Americans once watched with curiosity as French fur traders pulled their canoes ashore. That’s jest another sign o’ redskins. The old man tells the boy: You are commenting using your WordPress. The drawings may be timeless, but the text had outlived its day. Inthe Indiana Society of Chicago presented a dramatized version of the work to summrr McCutcheon.

Classic cartoon had life of its own

But every year, ‘long about now, they all come back, leastways their sperrits do. You can see ’em off across the fields. McCutcheon, once an annual fall tradition of the Chicago Tribune. Through the years, Chicago’s newspapers have been unusually rich in cartooning talent. Letter writers also were unhappy with the idea that “they ain’t no more left,” pointing out that Indians still lived and worked in Chicago.


Yep, sonny this is sure enough Injun summer.

Remembering ‘Injun Summer’ – But Not in a Good Way |

They been gone this many a year. You are commenting using your Google account. That’s what makes that kind o’ haze that’s everywhere — it’s jest the sperrits of the Injuns all come back. See off yonder; see them tepees? Neighborhood, school and social groups acted out “Injun Summer” scores of times, as recently as It’s the campfires, an’ th’ Injuns are hoppin’ ’round ’em t’beat the old Harry.

Complaints had been voiced for several years about its offensiveness to Native Americans. Sorry, your blog inmun share posts by email. McCutcheon’s astute folk poetry captured the sere, prickly, enigmatic mood of nature’s most puzzling season. That “small effort of imagination” became McCutcheon’s classic drawing “Injun Summer,” which was first published on this date.

When October in Chicago Meant Revisiting a Racist Cartoon

It is literally a museum piece, a relic of another age. Yep, sonny this is sure enough Injun summer. But as the years passed, more people were offended by lines like: Don’t be skeered — hain’t none around here now, leastways no live ones.