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"I prefer measuring deer tracks in the forest to tape and calico in a country
Houston's early years in Virginia were filled with fishing, hunting,
and very little formal schooling. This lifestyle appealed to the
free-spirited, independent child, who spent many hours reading classics
from his father's library. One of his favorite classics that he studied
later in childhood was the Iliad. This heroic tale may have fueled
in the young Houston romantic notions of doing great deeds.
After Houston's father died and the family moved to Tennessee, Houston
was asked to help establish the farm and work in the family store.
Rebelling against his overbearing older brothers and the chores now
required of him, the fifteen-year old ran away.
joined a band of Cherokee Indians that lived across the
Tennessee River on Hiwasee Island. The leader of the tribe, Chief
Oolooteka, became Houston's adoptive father and bestowed on Houston
the Cherokee name "Colonneh"—The
Raven. The Cherokee
lifestyle suited Houston's tastes and beliefs and he immersed himself
in it—adopting the tribe's dress and speaking the tribe's language.
Houston's appreciation and support of this Indian culture continued
when he returned to the white world and throughout his life.
Randolph B. Campbell, Sam Houston and
the American Southwest, ed.
Oscar Handlin (New York: Harper Collins, 1993).
The Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June, 2003.
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum, accessed June, 2003.
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