140 years ago today - Oct 23, 1879

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff]

23 We drove our waggon and Camped at the well of the Oribes. We were soon Surrounded By about 20 Oribes Children from 3 to 18 years of age. All the unmarried girls from 10 years upwards had their hair done up on the side of the head like a pair of horns or large pair of Ears which gives them a strange appearance. This is a sign to the young men that they are ready to marry. ..

There was about to be a marriage in the village and all the men were gathered into the work Shops to spin Cotton warp for a pair of Blankets for the marriage Couple. They spun on spindles they held in their hands and rolled the spindle on their legs. They raised the Cotton themselves and when the Blanket is used the pair sleep under it the first night then laid it away as a sacred garment & never used again until the man dies. Then he is buried in it....

I saw one white Indian Called Albinos man vary white. There are some of this Clan in nearly all of the villages. They are milk white much whiter than Americans. Whether they are Blood of the Anicient Nephites or a freek of Nature I cannot say. They are not vary popular among the Indians. ...

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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