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Honoring Ceremony

When President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Comanches and other tribes during a hunting expedition to the Southern Plains in 1903, he was honored at Indian give-away ceremonies. Among the gifts that the President received from his hosts were buffalo robes, braided ropes, and an eagle feather warbonnet. President Roosevelt was probably informed that this was a long standing tradition among these people and therefore responded graciously to the feasts, songs, dances, and gifts that were given in his honor.

It is difficult for non-Indian people, as well as Indians who do not practice the give-away tradition, to understand the concept of being

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