Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, Part 1 (Google eBook)

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Frederick Webb Hodge
Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, 1911 - Indians of North America
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Quote: "The Indians of California are among the least known groups of natives of North America." [190a]. This may not be the indictment of the Spaniard it first appears. Although Southern California ... Read full review

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Page 499 - ... be invaded or disturbed, unless in just and lawful wars, authorized by congress; but laws, founded in justice and humanity, shall, from time to time, be made, for preventing wrongs being done to them, and for preserving peace and friendship with them...
Page 499 - The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards the Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent; and in their property, rights, and liberty they never shall be invaded or disturbed, unless in just and lawful wars authorized by Congress; but laws founded in justice and humanity shall from time to time be made for preventing wrongs being done to them, and for preserving peace and friendship with them.
Page 450 - There is, however, another division among them, of a more interesting and important character than that of the tribes just mentioned. Irrespective of tribe they are divided into three classes, termed, respectively, Chit-sa, Nate-sa, and Tanges-at-sa, faintly representing the aristocracy, the middle classes, and the poorer orders of civilized nations, the former being the most wealthy and the latter the poorest. In one respect, however, they greatly differ, it being the rule for a man not to marry...
Page vi - It is without title-page, name, or date, but was compiled from a manuscript list of Indian tribes by James Mooney. (4). [Map of] Linguistic stocks of American...
Page 175 - ... cleanse their houses, squares, and the whole town, of their filth, which with all the remaining grain and other old provisions they cast together into one common heap, and consume it with fire. After having taken medicine, and fasted for three days, all the fire in the town is extinguished. During this fast they abstain from the gratification of every appetite and passion whatever. A general amnesty is proclaimed; all malefactors may return to their town.
Page 179 - In those days men and animals were all brothers and all lived together under the ground. But at last they discovered the entrance to the cave leading up to the surface of the earth, and so they decided to ascend and come out. First an old man climbed up, carrying in one hand fire and a pipe and in the other a drum. After him came his wife, with corn and pumpkin seeds.
Page 227 - The object of the winter ceremony is "to bring back the youth who is supposed to stay with the supernatural being who is the protector of his society, and then, when he has returned in a state of ecstasy, to exorcise the spirit which possesses him and to restore him from his holy madness.
Page 175 - When a town celebrates the busk," says he, " having previously provided themselves with new clothes, new pots, pans, and other household utensils and furniture, they collect all their worn out clothes and other despicable things, sweep and cleanse their houses, squares, and the whole town, of their filth, which with all the remaining grain and other old provisions they cast together into one common heap, and consume it with fire. After having taken medicine, and fasted for three days, all the fire...
Page 471 - ... and dressed as a war party. They were all armed with spears, clubs, guns and knives. Many of the warriors had a long tuft of red horsehair tied at their elbows, and wore a necklace of grizzly bears
Page 25 - Au Glaize, appear like one continued village for a number of miles, both above and below this place, nor have I ever before beheld such immense fields of corn, in any part of America, from Canada to Florida.

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