The Book of the Indians, Or, Biography and History of the Indians of North America: From Its First Discovery to the Year 1841

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Antiquarian Bookstore, 1841 - Indians of North America - 708 pages
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Page 25 - We have had some experience of it ; several of our young people were formerly brought up at the colleges of the northern provinces; they were instructed in all your sciences ; but, when they came back to us, they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, nor kill an enemy, spoke our language imperfectly, were therefore neither fit for hunters, warriors, nor counsellors ; they were totally...
Page 99 - Their skins served us for clothing. HE had scattered them over the country, and taught us how to take them. HE had caused the earth to produce corn for bread. All this HE had done for his red children, because he loved them.
Page 121 - The way, and the only way, to check and to stop this evil, is, for all the red men to unite in claiming a common and equal right in the land ; as it was at first, and should be yet; for it never was divided, but belongs to all, for the use of each. That no part has a right to sell, 'even to each other, much less to strangers; those who want all, and will not do with less.
Page 6 - I seized upon. They were all of one nation, but of several parts, and several families. This accident must be acknowledged the means, under God, of putting on foot and giving life to all our plantations.
Page 99 - ... eyes. We know these things to be true. Since HE has made so great a difference between us in other things, why may we not conclude that he has given us a different religion according to our understanding ? The Great Spirit does right. HE knows what is best for his children; we are satisfied. " BROTHER : We do not wish to destroy your religion, or take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own.
Page 98 - Brother, you say you want an answer to your talk before you leave this place. It is right you should have one, as you are a great distance from home and we do not wish to detain you. But we will first look back a little and tell you what our fathers have told us and what we have heard from the white people.
Page 99 - We are told that your religion was given to your forefathers, and has been handed down from father to son. We also have a religion, which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us, their children. We worship in that way. It teaches us to be thankful for all the favors we receive ; to love each other, and to be united. We never quarrel about religion.
Page 56 - She had a kersey coat, covered with girdles of wampum from the loins upward. Her arms, from her elbows to her hands, were covered with bracelets ; there were handfuls of necklaces about her neck, and several sorts of jewels in her ears. She had fine red stockings and white shoes, her hair powdered and her face painted red, that was always before black.
Page 6 - I thank you, in their name, for bringing back into their country the calumet, which your predecessor received from their hands. It was happy for you, that you left under ground that murdering hatchet that has been so often dyed in the blood of the French.
Page 16 - The sun's eye had a sickly glare, The earth with age was wan ; The skeletons of nations were Around that lonely man. Some had expired in fight— the brands Still rusted in their bony hands ; In plague and famine some.

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