So, what the heck is improper with simply calling it “Red Hill?” It’s present, it’s historic and it requires little greater than a tip of the hat to our pure geography. Still, with apologies to Dewey, I confess I’ve by no means understood this compulsion to call geographical anomalies after well-known or semi-famous personalities. Especially substituting Northern European names and stylized ID for what has at all times been right here and named by the aboriginal inhabitants earlier than the Anglo-Saxon invasion erased the names sacred to the indigenous folks.
What sweeps from the tongue extra naturally than say, Gros Venture, or Absaroka? The vanity of white politicians, map makers and different petti-fogging tradition cancelers to alter these names to a extra pronounceable type for the white tribe has at all times been crap in my thoughts. More importantly, I benefit from the psychological photos most place names call to mind when spoken.
Although, admittedly that’s not your complete difficulty right here, or is it? Are we assuming one thing we don’t know or, are we in our vanity assuming that the Anglo-Saxon model, “Red Hill,” was at all times the title of this explicit geographical anomaly? Sometimes these names are harmless, generally endearing and generally simply plain insulting.
For instance, I’ve at all times personally resented the “Squaw Teats” designation of these two lonesome buttes out within the 15 mile, south of Meeteetse. Still, can we are saying that’s positively not a take-off of an Amerindian designation? In this case I feel we are able to deduce that. However it’s extra doubtless an early white frontier period try at a derogatory interpretation of the unique. If named beforehand, it was doubtless within the crow or Shoshone language.
It’s not a lot the “teats” designation that bothers me, for the reason that Grand Tetons appear to be irrevocably entrenched in our geography and our vacationer promoting to draw guests to our state. The thought intrigues the male thoughts naturally, though I personally see no resemblance to the feminine breast there (The right French nomenclature is actually translated into “Breasts Of The Earth” I imagine), as reputed to have been named by a gaggle of women-hungry/lonely male French explorers tens of many years in the past.
Perhaps their judgment was bent by too many lengthy days slogging down fast, crammed rivers and mountaineering over vertical granite monuments to nature’s creativity, whereas dwelling with unique male companionship? But to suggest that the earth has breasts? That’s a stretch even for a bunch of chauvinistic males, however then once more, in all probability par for the course. You know, booze, bacon, beans and babes, the entire major functionaries of the stale male ego.
While I heartily agree that the title “squaw teats” is insulting to sure ethnicities and particularly one gender, and ought to be modified, our county commish appear to be having an issue renaming these lower than spectacular grime mounds out in the course of the 15 mile, why not rename them after one thing in addition to part of the feminine physique. In somebody’s stretch of creativeness it’s in all probability “cutesy”, however quite juvenile and vulgar to most of us.
We may go along with twin buttes or elk buttes or antelope buttes and even horned toad buttes as a substitute. And sure, I’ve caught horned lizards on the market whereas chasing rattlesnakes and sage grouse.
Anyone with a mind and a nodding acquaintance with white of us’ mindsets from the frontier interval understands that calling an aboriginal, Amerindian, or tribal girl, (your name) a “squaw” is tantamount to calling these ladies feminine canine. Nomenclature that has it’s correct place within the scheme of factor linguistic, however, as used 100 years in the past or much more at the moment is primarily used as a reference to a canine feminine in warmth and about as insulting a comparability as an individual may provide you with for a feminine of any ethnicity.
And, so far as Red’s Hill, once more with apologies to Dewey, I truthfully don’t know the place and even what it’s. But, the query happens to me, why ought to we be ashamed of that title? It’s a descriptive title of historical derivation, a standard nick title even at the moment, and even a correct title. Remember Eric the Red? One amongst a lot of historical past’s contributors whose hair was pink and whose management and character was glorified by the title. He was an excellent Viking chief and world explorer who could or could not, relying on whose analysis you imagine, have traversed these prairies and mountains lengthy earlier than the Spanish arrived on the scene.
Then you have got the historic Celts, (Pronounced Kelts), from antiquity. A vibrant tribe of red-haired, green-eyed individuals who traveled and traded and sure, warred throughout the globe centuries earlier than Christ stumbled on the scene. Their progeny are unfold from the sand dunes of the Sahara all through Asia minor and Asia main to distant Turkish villages and throughout the ocean to these delightfully picturesque Emerald Isles and even deep into the inside of South America, lengthy earlier than the Mediterranean explorers of any observe sewed their first sail material.
So, outwardly a becoming and descriptive title, requiring no lengthy winded clarification.
If pink is the colour of the hill, it’s also the colour of the life-blood that flows by most mammals, together with our species, and can be the colour used to explain the depth of heart-felt feelings, of deepest rage, of a sundown earlier than a windy day, of a good bottle of grape and even the cheap, “Dago Red”, and even consists of the preferred shade of a used motorcar lately. So a lot in order that the colour is referred to by used automotive salesmen as “resale Red”.
Aside from that, from a private standpoint, it’s a reputation I can dwell with.