The Native Races of the Pacific States of North America: Wild tribes

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A. L. Bancroft & Company, 1874

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Page 238 - When they embark, one Indian sits in the stern and steers with a paddle, the others kneel in pairs in the bottom of the canoe, and sitting on their heels paddle over the gunwale next to them. In this way they ride with perfect safety the highest waves, and venture without the least concern in seas where other boats or seamen could not live an instant.
Page 434 - These acts seem of nearly equal dignity, but the last, that of taking an enemy's scalp, is an honour quite independent of the act of vanquishing him. To kill your adversary is of no importance, unless the scalp is brought from the field of battle ; and were a warrior to slay any number of his enemies in action, and others were to obtain the scalps, or first touch the dead, they would have all the honours, since they have borne off the trophy.
Page 461 - The country claimed by the Snake tribes ' is bounded on the east by the Rocky Mountains, on the south by the Spanish waters; on the Pacific, or west, side, by an imaginary line, beginning at the west end, or spur, of the Blue Mountains, behind Fort Nez...
Page 161 - The ground-plot of it was fifty feet by forty-five; each end is formed by four stout posts, fixed perpendicularly in the ground. The corner ones are plain, and support a beam of the whole length, having three intermediate props on each side, but of a larger size, and eight or nine feet in height. The two centre posts, at each end, are two...
Page 203 - But the most extraordinary of all the articles which they brought to the ships for sale were human skulls, and hands not yet quite stripped of the flesh, which they made our people plainly understand they had eaten; and, indeed, some of them had evident marks that they had been upon the fire.
Page 105 - ... of their ever-glittering knives, are supposed to strike terror into the heart of their enemies. They make a breast-plate of wood, and an arrow-proof coat of thin flexible strips, bound with strings like a woman's stays.161 When a Thlinkeet arms for war, he paints his face and powders his hair a brilliant red.
Page 227 - A flat, retreating brow seems to white men to spoil what would otherwise be a pretty face ; but " the Chinook ideal of facial beauty is a straight line from the end of the nose to the crown of the head."* A little snub-nose may embitter the life of a European girl ; but the Australian natives " laugh at the sharp noses of Europeans, and call them in their language
Page 121 - These people take their names, in the first instance, from their dogs. A young man is the father of a certain dog, but when he is married and has a son, he styles himself the father of the boy. The women have a habit of reproving the dogs very tenderly when they observe them fighting. ' Are you not ashamed,' say they, ' to quarrel with your littlo brother?
Page 774 - ... into a long roll, yet leaving a little hollow. Round this they roll other leaves one after another, in the same manner, but close and hard, till the roll is as big as one's wrist, and two or three feet in length.
Page 270 - The hot bath, council, and ceremony of smoking the great pipe before war, is always religiously observed. Their laws, however, admit of no compulsion, nor is the chief's authority implicitly obeyed on these occasions; consequently, every one judges for himself, and either goes or stays as he thinks proper. With a view, however, to obviate this defect in their system, they have instituted the dance, which answers every purpose of a recruiting service.

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