L. Ron Hubbard: official Blackfoot Indian, or something

Posted: April 20, 2014 in Amazing factoids, Hubbard
The story of Hubbard and the Blackfeet is one that’s been told for years. According to official Scientology biographies, Hubbard, born in 1911, spent a short time on his grandparents’ Kalispell ranch when he was a boy. During that time, he claimed to have befriended a Blackfeet medicine man named “Old Tom” who taught him tribal lore and made him a “blood brother” in a special ceremony.

The story of Hubbard and the Blackfeet is one that’s been told for years. According to official Scientology biographies, Hubbard, born in 1911, spent a short time on his grandparents’ Kalispell ranch when he was a boy. During that time, he claimed to have befriended a Blackfeet medicine man named “Old Tom” who taught him tribal lore and made him a “blood brother” in a special ceremony.

Wacky L. Ron Hubbard … in his own words:

On his Native American upbringing …

It seems L. Ron really, and I mean really, wanted to make it clear that he had some extraordinary credentials when it came to his understanding of spirituality. And what do most of us require in a spiritual leader? Nothing less than full membership in a Native-American tribe.

Lucky for L. Ron, the Blackfoot Indian tribe of Montana recruited him and made him a blood brother in a really cool tribal ceremony that probably featured a whole lot of feathers and peace pipes and dancing and whatnot. And, oh yeah, that was when he was just six years old. Those injuns must have really recognized great perception and timeless wisdom in little L. Ron when he wasn’t crapping his pants.

And then, as if his followers wouldn’t be crapping their pants in excitement over his Blackfeet Indian connections, L. Ron also insists that he spent his adolescence sitting at the feet of shamans of the Orient, eventually applying their ageless wisdom to produce–TA-DA!–Scientology.

But Actually:

L. Ron lived in Helena, Montana when he was four. The nearest Blackfoot Reservation was over 100 miles away. Still, he could have made the trek for the blood brother ceremony … if the Blackfoot tribe ACTUALLY CONDUCTED that sort of ritual. But oops, they didn’t. As our friends at Wikipedia point out:

“The white Blackfeet historian Hugh Dempsey has commented that the act of blood brotherhood was ‘never done among the Blackfeet,’ and Blackfeet Nation officials have disavowed attempts to ‘reestablish’ Hubbard as a ‘blood brother’ of the Blackfeet.”

Hat tip Kristi Harrison, posted at Cracked.com

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