Tai-me is the central figure of the Kiowa Sun Dance, which is the ritual that was the centerpiece of Kiowa spiritual life until its discontinuation in the late nineteenth century. Tai-me is a small doll, about two feet tall. It is a human-like figure with feathers and the feet of a deer. Kiowas make offerings to Tai-me for good luck, and the Tai-me bundle is safeguarded by a Kiowa who makes sure it never sees the sun outside of the Sun Dance. Tai-me was given to the Kiowas by the Crows and the tribe has memories of the time before Tai-me; despite this, Tai-me is considered foundational to Kiowa culture and life.
Tai-me Quotes in The Way to Rainy Mountain
The The Way to Rainy Mountain quotes below are all either spoken by Tai-me or refer to Tai-me. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the University of New Mexico Press edition of The Way to Rainy Mountain published in 1976.).
The Setting Out Quotes
There was a great holiness all about in the room, as if an old person had died there or a child had been born.
Tai-me Character Timeline in The Way to Rainy Mountain
The timeline below shows where the character Tai-me appears in The Way to Rainy Mountain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the Crows, who introduced them to Plains culture and religion (including the Sun Dance, and Tai-me, the Sun Dance doll at the center of their worship). The Kiowas acquired horses on... (full context)
The Setting Out
The Closing In