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Traditions of the Blackfeet Indians 1867

Written by John Mason Brown and published in 1867.

Author talks of the creation story, etc.

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clustered, and the busy hum of industry was heard from morning to night. Under the direc­tion of the Chief Woman, stores of dried meat were laid by for Win­ter use, berries were gathered and prepared during the Summer sea­son, and furs collected and dressed for protection against the cold of the long and severe Winters.

 On the other hand, the colony of men, though under the immediate care of the Old Man himself, were by no means prosperous. They hunted with rude stone weapons, and fished with ill-contrived hooks of bone. They devoured their food raw (for they were too improvident to keep a fire burning in the camp), and exhibited neither prudence nor industry. Their only dwellings were rude holes scooped in the earth, and their only thought was the gratification of present hunger or thirst.

The Old Man was discouraged. His utmost efforts had failed to inspire the men with any sentiment of reverence for his teachings or gratitude for his care. If they obeyed his directions, it was only while he was present to enforce, under the dread of punishment, an observance of laws prescribed for their best interests. The Old Man, therefore, left the men's camp in disgust, and journeyed north­ward, toward the spot where he had left the colony of women. At the first sight of the village, the Old Man was astonished. He had dreamed of no such capacity for improvement as was there presented, and he at once conceived a plan for ameliorating the condition of his bachelors. Lying in wait at the entrance of the park, he succeeded in catching two of the women,


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