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Chilocco - Samuel Little Cook

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.



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