An illustrated history of the counties of Rock and Pipestone, Minnesota

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Northern History Publishing Company, 1911 - Pipestone County (Minn.) - 802 pages
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Page 247 - Prairies, and their blood, running on the rocks, turned them red. One day, when a large snake had crawled into the nest of the bird to eat his eggs, one of the eggs hatched out in a clap of thunder, and the Great Spirit, catching hold of a piece of the pipestone to throw at the snake, moulded it into a man.
Page 247 - It will be seen by some of the traditions inserted in this Letter, from my notes taken on the Upper Missouri four years since, that those tribes have visited this place freely in former times ; and that it has once been held and owned in common, as neutral ground, amongst the different tribes who met here to renew their pipes, under some superstition which stayed the tomahawk of natural foes, always raised in deadly hate and vengeance in other places.
Page 248 - Coteau du Prairie, to get out of the way of the waters. After they had all gathered here from all parts, the water continued to rise, until at length it covered them all in a mass, and their flesh was converted into red pipe stone.
Page 91 - ... every alternate section of land, designated by odd numbers, for six sections in width on each side of said roads.
Page 39 - Traverse; thence up the center of said lake to the southern extremity thereof; thence in a direct line to the head of Big Stone Lake ; thence through its center to its outlet ; thence by a due south line to the north line of the State of Iowa...
Page 162 - If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot.
Page 399 - Indians procure the red stone for their pipes by digging through the soil and several layers of the red stone, to the depth of four or five feet. From the very numerous marks of ancient and modern diggings or excavations, it would appear that this place has been for many centuries resorted to for the red stone; and from the great...
Page 247 - That this place should have been visited for centuries past by all the neighboring tribes, who have hidden the war-club as they approached it, and stayed the cruelties of the scalping-knife, under the fear of the vengeance of the Great Spirit, who overlooks it, will not seem strange or unnatural, when their religion and superstitions are known. That such has been the custom, there is not a shadow of doubt...
Page 251 - ... we were persisting, in the most peremptory terms, in the determination to visit this, their greatest medicine (mystery) place ; where, it seems, they had often resolved no white man should ever be allowed to go. They took us to be "officers sent by Government to see what this place was worth," ifee. As "this red stone was a part of their [flesh...
Page 258 - April 19, 1858, specifies that 'the said Yancton Indians ARCHAEOLOGICAL REPORT. 23 shall be secured in the free and unrestricted use of the red pipestone quarry, or so much thereof as they have been accustomed to frequent and use for the purpose of procuring stone for pipes; and the United States hereby stipulate...

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