The Origin Of The North American Indians; With A Faithful Description Of Their Manners And Customs…

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byJohn Mcintosh

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...roundwards incessantly, till it was announced to seat themselves on the ground to partake of the feast, the principal dish of which consists of the flesh of a white dng. Before the dog is put into the kettle, they perform several ceremonies in offering him while alive to the Great Spirit-for they imagine that no animal is more pleasing, in a sacrifice, than a white dog. All their feasts are supplied with 'the flesh of the dog, and they might as well be called sacrifices as feasts; because the offering of the dog to their Supreme Deity always precedes the feast. After the dogs are consumed, they rise and renew their dances. The first thing, however, after the feast, is the offering of the Poloosi, to the Great Spirit, by the senior chief. The fumes of the pipe are directed upwards towards the Great Spirit. This ceremony resembles, in a great measure, the Asiatic offering of incense. When the chief imagines that the Deity is fully satisfied with this act of adoration, every warrior in his turn, takes the pipe, which is decorated with various ornaments, and, at every quiff, promises to adhere to his commander, and never flee from his enemy. At the same time he relates what he has done in favour of his nation; and he foretells his future achievements. The chief takes the Potoosi a second time, and at every quiff he enumerates the various engagements in which he conquered his enemies. The whole assembly then join in applauding his bravery and undaunted spirit. The feast of the Potoosi is concluded with the song of death, in which they swear vengeance against their enemies. Then they retire to their cabins or huts, to prepare for their departure on the following morning. They have several other dances on various occasions, and to describe them now is...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...roundwards incessantly, till it was announced to seat themselves on the ground to partake of the feast, the principal d...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217804918

ISBN - 13:9780217804912

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