Saturday, June 15, 2013


Southern Lingo....for getting a "spanking", frosting your fanny",whupping, image my "Ah Ha Moment" when watching an episode of the "Antiques Roadshow"_when a Lakota descendant shared her grandmother's " 19th Century Lakota Hide Tanning Kit" for appraisal! So,that's where that saying came creative forces took over_ and I'm sharing with you some thoughts/laughs on the term : "Tanning Your Hide"! 

Come to find out there's lots of ways to express that term:

                                 "No Child Left Behind"

                                   Tanning Newsmaker

And "The List" goes on!!

                                    "Old Fashion Switch"

                                        Ah,Love this!

But,I remember as a kid_ when your parents said "I'm gonna tan your hide" or "Go get me a switch"_ God forbide if they said to braid the switch!_ you'd better get your act together or else! My Dad....just gave us "The Look"_ we were cool with that! Mom on the other hand....

"Assume The Position"

Nowadays in schools "corporal punishment" is considered child abuse.

"The punishment is usually administered either across the buttocks or on the hands, with an implement specially kept for the purpose such as a rattan cane, wooden paddle, slipper, leather strap or a wooden yardstick.Less commonly, it could also include spanking or smacking the student in a deliberate manner on a specific part of the body with the open hand, especially at the elementary school level." The first country in the world to prohibit corporal punishment was Poland, in 1783.
                                                 ~United States Policy~
Individual US states have the power to ban corporal punishment in their schools. Currently, it is banned in public schools in 31 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In two of these states, New Jersey and Iowa, it is illegal in private schools as well. The 19 states that have not banned it are mostly in the South (Go Figure that one)!!!
It is still used to a significant (though declining) degree in some public schools in....... (Alabama,Arkansas,Georgia,Louisiana,Mississippi,Oklahoma,Tennessee and Texas).

But, I think we turned out pretty good_ well at least from my neck of the woods...East Texas! I do understand that some people "past and present" took the "tan your hide" to another level. Child Abuse  should Never, E-V-E-R happen!EVER!!!!!!! PERIOD.DOT!!!

 The "Art of Tanning Hides"_ was and still is a cultural custom among Native Americans. The Lakota which means "feeling affection", friendly and united....lived in the Great Plains of North America. Tanning is the process of treating skins of animals to produce leather, which is more durable and less susceptible to decomposition. Early Native Americans tanned animal hides for use as coverings for shelter, blankets, and garments. Painting on hides was very popular as well.

The Tanning Tools on Antique Roadshow were awesome! They were valued at $4000 to $8000 in 2012(this was a rerun show).

Check out the episode here: 

Want to learn how to do hide tanning?

Indeed, I enjoyed the smile this episode gave me and the memories behind that phrase "tanning your hide". Here's one for all you "MAN OF STEEL" movie think even Superman_

But,this sums it all up...

A Little Texas Humor...hehehehe! See Y'all next time!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whiping not spanking. Maricia