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death of their parents or friends they repair | mirers of themselves in this fantastical to the mouth of the cavern, to ascertain dress.”—HENNEPIN, Louis, New Discovery, whether their souls have met with any im- fc. p. 76. pediment. If they think they have not distinguished the voice of the deceased, they withdraw overjoyed, and celebrate the event by inebriety and dances characteristic of [Indian Way of Striking a Fire.] their felicity ; but if they imagine they have “THEIR way of making a fire, which is heard the voice of the defunct, they hasten new and unknown to us, is this ; they take to drown their grief in intoxicating liquors, a triangular piece of cedar-wood, of a foot in the midst of dances, adapted from their and a half long, wherein they bore some nature to paint their despair. So whatever holes half through ; then they take a switch, may be the lot of the departed soul, his re- or another small piece of hard wood, and lations and friends give themselves up to with both their hands rub the strongest the same excesses; there is no difference, upon the weakest in the hole which is made but in the character of the dance.”—DE- in the cedar, and while they are thus rubPONS, F. Travels, 8c.
bing they let fall a sort of dust or powder which turns into fire. This white dust they roll up in a pellet of herbs, dried in autumn,
and rubbing them all together, and then [Painted Barbarians.]
blowing upon the dust that is in the pellet, “When these barbarians go either to the the fire kindles in a moment."— Ibid. p. wars or feasts, they besmear all their faces 103. over, either with red or black, to the end they might not discover it, if they should grow pale with fear. They also colour their
[Smell of Fire by the Indians.] hair with red, and cut it in different shapes ; but this is practised more especially among Indian corn, we were very careful to put
“ As soon as we had roasted or boiled our the savages of the North. Those of the South cut their hair quite off, or rather, out our fire; for in these countries they burn it with stones heated red-hot in the smell fire at two or three leagues distance, fire; oftentimes the people of the North let according to the wind. The savages take a their hair hang on one side, wreathed into particular notice of it. To discover where a kind of bracelet, and cut it quite off on
their enemies are, and endeavour to surprise the other ; but this is still according to
151. every one's fancy.
“ There are some of these savages that rub their hair all over with oil, and afterwards stick down or small feathers on their
[Great Feast of the Savages.] heads, also some of them will have great THE
savages invited us to a great feast ones of several colours : but there are after their own fashion. There were above others that rather choose to wear crowns of an hundred and twenty men at it naked. flowers, which crowns another sort make of Quasicoude, the first captain of the nation, birchen-rind, or dressed-skins, all which, and kinsman of the deceased, whose dead nevertheless, are most commonly very pret- body I covered, when they brought him tily contrived. Thus set forth, they appear, back to the village in a canoe, brought me take them all together, just like several of some dried flesh and wild oats in a dish Cæsar's soldiers, who were likewise painted of bark, which he set before me upon a with different colours. They are great ad- | bull's hide, whitened and garnished with
574 MONARDES — NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW JOHN WOOLMAN. porcupine-skins on the one side, and curled
a sort of grampus, whose descendants still wool on the other.
delight to sport about the ancient dwelling “After I had eat, this chief put the same of their great progenitor. robe on his head, and covered my face with “ The giant then hurled his wife Saconet it, saying with a loud voice before all that into the air, and plunging himself beneath were present, “He whose dead body thou the waves, disappeared for ever. Saconet didst cover, covers thine while alive. He fell on the promontory of Rhode Island, has carried the tidings of it to the country which now bears her name, and long lived of souls (for these people believe the trans- there, exacting tribute from all passengers. migration of souls): what thou didst in At length she was converted into stone, still respect of the dead is highly to be esteemed: however retaining her former shape, till the all the nation applauds and thanks thee for white men, mistaking her probably for an it.'”—Ibid.
idol, lopped off both her arms; but her mutilated form remains to this day on the spot where she fell, and affords lasting and
unimpeachable evidence of the truth of the [Black Earth of Peru, to make Ink with.]
tradition.”—North American Review, vol. 5, THERE is a black earth in Peru of which “I can say,” says MONARDES, “ that they sent me a little that therewith I might make which being cast into water or wine
[Indian Histories painted on Trees.] there is made thereof very good ink, wherewith one may write well, but it is somewhat
our hut on the sides of large trees blue, which maketh of it a better show."— peeled for that purpose, were various reff. 102.
presentations of men going to, and returning from the wars, and of some killed in
battle, this being a path heretofore used by [Indian Tradition.]
warriors. Those Indian histories were “ ACCORDING to the tradition of the In- painted mostly in red, but some in black.” dians, when their ancestors first came from -John Woolman's Journal, p. 134. the West to this island, they found it occupied by Manshop, a benevolent but capri
being, of gigantic frame and supernatural power. His daily food was broiled [Notions of the American Indians relative to whales, and he threw many of them on the
the Food they eat.] coast, for the support of his Indian neigh- “ They abhor moles so exceedingly, that bours. At last, weary of the world, he they will not allow their children even to sent his sons and daughter to play at ball, touch them, for fear of hurting their eyeand while they were engaged in their sport, sight; reckoning it contagious. They bedrew his toe across the beach on which they lieve that nature is possessed of such a prowere, and separated from the island. The perty as to transfuse into men and animals returning tide rising over it, the brothers the qualities, either of the food they use, or crowded round their sister, careless of their of those objects that are presented to their own danger, and while sinking themselves, senses; he who feeds on venison is, accordwere only anxious to keep her head above ing to their physical system, swifter and the waves. Manshop commended their fra- more sagacious than the man who lives on ternal affection, bade them always love and the flesh of the bear, or helpless dunghill protect their sister, and preserved their fowls, the slow-footed tame cattle, or the lives by converting them into whale killers, heavy wallowing swine. This is the reason
VASCONCELLOS – D. BERNARDO.
that several of their old men recommend, and say, that formerly their greatest chief
[Iron sold by the Spaniards to the Indians, tains observed a constant rule in their diet,
and used against them.] and seldom ate of any animal of a gross BERNARDO DE VARGAS MACHUCA, who quality, or heavy motion of body, fancying was settled at Santa Fe de Bogota comit conveyed a dulness through the whole plains that the Spaniards sold iron to the system, and disabled them from exerting Indians, which thus got round to the warthemselves with proper vigour in their mar- like tribes, and was used to their own detial, civil, and religious duties.
struction, many lives having been lost in “I once asked the Archimagus, to sit consequence. The traffic he says,
is Cosa down and partake of my dinner; but he bien digna de castigo exemplar, que casi es excused himself, saying, he had in a few traycion, o especie della.—Ibid. ff. 3. days some holy duty to perform, and if he eat evil or accursed food, it would spoil him, -alluding to swines' flesh. Though most of
[Santiago del Estero, or Mahomet's Paratheir virtue hath lately been corrupted, in
dise.] this particular they still affix vicious and contemptible ideas to the eating of swines'
SantiaGO DEL ESTERO, by a play upon flesh, insomuch, that Shukapa, 'swine
words which holds good only in Spanish, eater,' is the most opprobrious epithet they
was called Mahomet's Paradise,—the Macan use to brand us with : they commonly homa women being favourites with the first
Losubjoin Akanggapa, “eater of dunghill ruffians who settled in that country. fowls.'”—J. Adair, History of the American
“ El partido de Venus estaba en Indians, p. 134.
especial tan valido y poderoso, que llamaban a esta ciudad el Paraiso de Mahoma ; nom
bre infame, que manifiesta bien la dissolucion [Indian Notion of the Joyful Fields.]
que reynaba.”—Vol. 1, p. 3, § 17. VASCONCELLOs states it as the belief of the Brazilian tribes that the souls of women and warriors went to what they called the
[Indian Stealth.] joyful fields,—those of cowards to the An
“ THEY sometimes scatter leaves, sand, hargus, to be by them tormented. Cowar
or dust over the prints of their feet; somedice being the only vice, it seems then that
times tread in each other's footsteps; and women by reason of their sex, could have
sometimes lift their feet so high, and tread no sin imputed to them.- Vida de Alneida,
so lightly, as not to make any impression vol. 1, p. 5, $ 7.
on the ground.”—CARVER, p. 330.
[Sword of the Suyzaros— What?] D. BERNARDO DE VARGAS MACHUCA, 1599, says that the sword then in use was that which the Suyzaros invented. Does he mean the Swiss, and did they introduce a shorter sword which caused the estoque to be disused ?
A natural consequence when the chivalrous mode of war was growing obsolete, and battles were decided by infantry.—Milicia Indiana, ff. 2.
[Indian Form of Submission.] “ The Indians consider every conquered people as in a state of vassalage to their conquerors.
“After one nation has finally subdued another, and a conditional submission is agreed on, it is customary for the chiefs of the conquered when they sit in council with their subduers, to wear petticoats as an ac
GUMILLA — TORQUEMADA — P. FRANCIS CHARLEVOIX.
knowledgment that they are in a state of with sighs, groans, tears, and loud lamensubjection, and ought to be ranked among tations.":- Ibid. 1, c. 11. the women."—Ibid. p. 350.
[Indian Kings—War-makers on their [Care of the Achaquas for their Graves.]
Accession.] “The Achaquas of the Oronoco take “ It was the custom of these Indian especial care to beat down the earth upon kings, always to undertake some hostile exa grave, and when the heat makes fissures pedition, immediately after their accession, in it, instantly to fill them up, lest the ants against rebels, or enemies, or if they had should get at the dead. Their worst im- neither to make new nations tributary.”— precation is, May the ants soon fall upon TORQUEMADA, vol. 1, p. 195. thee."-GUMILLA, c. 14.
[Iroquois Festival.] [Lamentation of the Othomacos over their
“ Among the Iroquois there was a partiDead.]
cular kind of festival at which all the food “ The Othomacos of the Oronoco every was to be eaten.”—CHARLEVOIX, P. Fearmorning at cockcrow bewail their dead, cis, t. 2, p. 85.
OR, REMARKABLE FACTS IN NATURAL HISTORY.
commonly succeed to a violent gale of wind, HE blue feathers of the jay's wing will run to the water, endeavouring to escape
they cannot fly; if pursued by land they were at one time fashionable in France, and four thousand jays them with the boidarkas, when they may be
by swimming; but it is then easy to follow are said to have been stript to taken with the hand, or killed by a spear or furnish trimming for a single dress.
the stroke of an oar.
“ It seems easily to be comprehended,
that such a bird, whose gigantic wings spread [Albatrosses.]
out to a breadth of ten or twelve feet, should
not be able to fly in a dead calm.”—Ibid. “ An immense number of albatrosses were
vol. 2, p. 105-6. swimming like
about the ship; as soon as a shot was fired they flew away. They seemed to raise themselves with difficulty from the water, and made a vast circle in it
[Power of the Conger Eel.] before they had wind enough to fill their
of these snakes may, in some long wings and begin their ascent.”—Langs
degree, be estimated from a circumstance DORFF, vol. 1, p. 83.
related of a conger eel, in the Star, for March 30, 1808. This eel, measuring six
feet in length, and twenty-two inches in [The Albatross.]
girth, and weighing three stone and a half, “ They have very great strength in their was taken in Yarmouth Wash. Finding no large bills, and make a noise not unlike the way for escape, it rose erect, and knocked bleating of a goat or sheep. It is probably
the fisherman down before he could take it. from hence that they are called by the French Moutons du Cap. In February one of them was brought to me upon which I
[Bread Fruit.) could not discover the slightest wound. On enquiry how it was caught, I was answered, " The ripe bread fruit will not keep good by the hand.
Upon a farther investigation many days; in times of great abundance, into the matter, I was assured by the Aleu- therefore, it is cut into small pieces, when tians unanimously, that in the calms, which a hole is made in the ground about eight