My PawPaw was a fun guy to be around. He had such a happy spirit. Some of my cousins, my sister and I were sitting around
reminiscing about the ""good ol' days"" when out of the blue my cousin Judy said, ""Chicka-mucka-hi!"" We all looked at each
other in awe. It had been years since we heard that! We laughed and the memories starting coming like a hard rain.
Now, to this day none of us knows what Chicka-mucka-hi means. PawPaw would get that sparkle in his eye and do a little
tap dance and say loudly, ""Chicka-mucka-hi!"" I think it symbolizes a good feeling. A happy feeling of accomplishment. The
others may assume a different explanation. PawPaw would be telling one of his many stories and when he'd finish the story
~~~""Chicka-mucka-hi!"" would follow.
PawPaw was a great story teller. Everyone was intrigued to listen to his stories of the past. Most of them were not just
stories either....they were the honest truth.
When we are young, we had other things on our minds besides retaining all the information our elders would try to relay
to us. That is why I am keeping a journal of all the stories that I remember. It is difficult for me to remember now all the
great stories my Pawpaw would tell. But I will never forget ""Chicka-Mucka-Hi""
Pawpaw and his family lived in Oklahoma for a short time during the early part of the 20th century. He lived around a lot
of Indians and gained a lot of wisdom from them. I believe that he had a true Indian spirit. I haven't been able to trace
any American Indian blood on that side of my family, but my Pawpaw fit the bill for a true American Indian Spirit. Who knows,
he may of picked up ""Chicka-Mucka-Hi"" from the tribe.