Traditions of the North American Indians: Being a Second and Revised Edition of "Tales of an Indian Camp.", Volume 2

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H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1830 - Folklore

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Page 112 - We found the people most gentle, loving, and faithful, void of all guile and treason, and such as live after the manner of the golden age.
Page 111 - ... of his feet are still to be seen, and hurled his bolts among them till the whole were slaughtered, except the big bull, who presenting his forehead to the shafts, shook them off as they fell ; but missing one at length, it wounded him in the side ; whereon, springing round, he bounded over the Ohio, over the Wabash, the Illinois, and finally over the great lakes, where he is living at this day.
Page 35 - ... a mighty bird, whose eyes were fire, whose glances were lightning, and the clapping of whose wings was thunder. On his descent to the ocean, and touching it, the earth instantly arose, and remained on the surface of the waters. This omnipotent bird then called forth all the variety of animals...
Page 111 - ... that in ancient times a herd of these tremendous animals came to the Bick-bone licks, and began an universal destruction of the bear, deer, elk, buffalo, and other animals which had been created for the use of the Indians. That the Great Man above looking down and seeing this, was so enraged, that he seized his lightning...
Page 180 - ... numbers of them being at that time disordered with a fever, and bloody flux. In this exercise they were engaged for several hours, making all the wild, ridiculous, and distracted motions imaginable; sometimes singing; sometimes howling; sometimes extending their hands to...
Page 180 - ... water as fine as mist ; sometimes sitting flat on the earth, then bowing down their faces to the ground ; wringing their sides, as if in pain and anguish ; twisting their faces, turning up their eyes, grunting, puffing, &c.
Page 134 - Being a favorite with her brothers, they expressed a wish that her consent to this union should be obtained by persuasive means, rather than that she should be compelled to it against her inclination. With a view to remove some of her objections, they took means to provide for her future maintenance, and presented to the warrior all that in their simple mode of living an Indian might covet. About that time a party was formed to ascend from the village to Lake Pepin, in order to lay in a store of...
Page 260 - replied he, "you have to blame yourselves for that ! you did as much as declaring war against them, and you will find them in your country, where they will not fail to make frequent incursions. They are a very dangerous enemy ; take care you do not irritate them in our country ; they and their grandchildren are on good terms, and neither will hurt the other.
Page 329 - Indian went immediately a-powawing, as they call it; and in about half an hour there came up a black cloud into the sky that showered down rain enough upon this gentleman's corn and tobacco, but none at all upon any of the neighbors', except a few drops of the skirt of the shower.

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