Description: Indian Squaw Joke
Sitting Bull had 3 wives who were always quarreling about who should be
number one. One was pretty, one was clever, and one was very strong.
tired of their squabbles he told his medicine man to resolve the issue. The
medicine man took the wives to his teepee where he had gathered pelts and
hides from all over the world. He told each wife to choose a hide and sit
it in front of the sacred campfire. The clever wife chose a pelt of thick
white fur, the strong wife chose a hide of orange and black stripes and the
pretty wife chose a hide of rubbery grey leather. The medicine man then
pointed to the pretty wife and said, "Behold chief, your number one wife."
The chief was pleased, but the other two wives demanded an explanation. The
medicine man said, "Even the ancient ones knew that the squaw on the
hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaws on the other two hides."