Woodrow Morrison--Indian Medication - P.O.W. Report

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Woodrow Morrison--Indian Medication

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INDIAN MEDICATION- Perfect Antibiotic
By Woodrow Ḵaawan Sangáa Morrison, Jr.

Here is another misadventure when I was a sailor in the US Navy.

My Ship was home-ported out of Norfolk, Virginia. Some of my schoolmates from Haskell Institute – Bureau of Indian Affairs High and Post High Boarding School were working there so, I used to go to Washington, DC on weekends. One weekend a buddy, Tom Booth, and I went with a bunch of (4 girls from Haskell) to a place called "Frontier Town"... place where there were Teepees, Indians, Pow-Wow Drum and horses, etc. Tom and I were in Uniform, didn’t know many people so hung back and watched.

Tom wandered off and, I was leaning against the back of a Flat-Bed truck. Pretty good crowd. I heard a scream and the crowd parted in front of me and coming right toward me was an obviously drunk Indian man. Ih his right hand he had a broken beer bottle and I was the only one in front of him.
He came right at me with that broken bottle held out in front of him, intending to use it on me. There was no where to run. Without thinking I stuck out my left hand, palm toward the broken bottle and grabbed it and knocked him down. Others jumped on him and I got out of the way.

I knew the palm of my hand had been cut (not badly) so kept my hand clutched tight. I found the girls. One saw my hand was bleeding so gave me her head scarf and I wrapped it tightly around my hand. Tom and I got into the car with them, we went to their apartment and by the time we got there I wasn’t feeling much pain. They decided to bandage my hand. They did. I was exhausted so laid down on the couch and fell asleep.

When I woke, Tom was asleep on the floor. My hand was really burning. It had been bandaged with Kleenex and Scotch Tape. Everybody was still asleep, Tom suggested we go to a place called Ft. Drum or Ft. Monroe and see a Medic.

We did and when the Medic unwrapped my hand. He laughed like crazy. He said he had never seen anything like it... Like I said, they used Kleenex and Scotch tape for bandage and, for medication, Vics Vapo-Rub. He said he had never heard of such a thing but probably worked pretty good to stop the bleeding and prevented infection.

Good night. I have been Clean and Sober since Feb. 16, 1981 and, I guess I should write about my adventures while sober.

Áaw tláan gyaahlangáay láa g̱íidang.
That is all there is to the story.

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