Scenes and Studies of Savage Life

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Smith, Elder and Company, 1868 - Indians of North America - 317 pages
 

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Page 207 - tis too horrible ! The weariest and most loathed worldly life, ^ That age, ache, penury, and imprisonment Can lay on nature, is a paradise To what we fear of death.
Page 120 - being fully aroused, he often shows much quickness ' in reply and ingenuity in argument. But a short ' conversation wearies him, particularly if questions are ' asked that require efforts of thought or memory on...
Page 120 - The native mind, to an educated man, seems generally to be asleep. * * * On his attention being fully aroused, he often shows much quickness in reply and ingenuity in argument. But a short conversation wearies him, particularly if questions are asked that require efforts of thought or memory on his part. The niind of the savage then appears to rock to and fro out of mere weakness.
Page 66 - The Indian singer often acts while he sings or dances, representing at the same time a certain scene from life. Sproat describes one of those dances, where a man appears with his arms tied behind his back with long cords, the ends of which are held by other natives, who drive him about. The spectators sing and beat time on their wooden dishes and bearskin drums. Suddenly the chief appears, and plunges his knife into the runner's back. Another blow is given, a third one, until the blood flows down...
Page 69 - After this a pail of vvater was brought in, and the doctor, who supported the dying man on his arm, washed the blood from his face; the people beat drums, danced, and sang, and suddenly the patient sprang to his feet and joined in the dance, none the worse for the apparently hopeless condition of the moment before. While all this was going on, I asked the giver of the feast whether it was real blood upon the man's face, and if he were really wounded. He told me so seriously that it was, that I was...
Page 272 - They had heard it said, and they were fearful words, that it was the law of nature that the coloured races should melt away before the advance of civilization. He would tell them where that law was registered, and who were its agents. It was registered in hell, and its agents were those whom Satan made twofold more the children of hell than himself.
Page 94 - Indians of Vancouver Island, when girls reach puberty they are placed in a sort of gallery in the house " and are there surrounded completely with mats, so that neither the sun nor any fire can be seen. In this cage they remain for several days. Water is given them, but no food. The longer a girl remains in this retirement the greater honour is it to the parents ; but she is disgraced for life if it is known that she has seen fire or the sun during this initiatory ordeal.
Page 98 - The Ahts consider it a point of honour that the purchase-money given for a woman of rank shall, some time or other, be returned in a present of equal value.2 Similar statements are made with reference to the Patagonians,3 Mishmis,4 and certain tribes in the Indian Archipelago.5 Among the Bagobos of the Philippines, if the newly-married couple are satisfied with each other, the father of...
Page 98 - though the different tribes of the Aht nation are frequently at war with one another, women are not captured from other tribes for marriage, but only to be kept as slaves. The idea of slavery connected with capture is so common that a free-born Aht would hesitate to marry a woman taken in war, whatever her rank had been in her own tribe.
Page 3 - We see your ships, and hear things that make our hearts grow faint. They say that more King-George-men will soon be here, and will take our land, our firew(X>d, our fishing grounds; that we shall be placed on a little spot, and shall have to do everything according to the fancies of the King-Georgemen.' 'Do you believe all this?' I asked. 'We want your information,

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