Ka-mi-akin, the Last Hero of the Yakimas

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Kilham Stationery & Printing Company, 1917 - Frontier and pioneer life - 438 pages

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Page 438 - And thou were the kindest man that ever struck with sword. And thou were the goodliest person that ever came among press of knights. And thou was the meekest man and the gentlest that ever ate in hall among ladies. And thou were the sternest knight to thy mortal foe that ever put spear in the rest.
Page 18 - He is a peculiar man, reminding me of the panther and the grizzly bear. His countenance has an extraordinary play, one moment in frowns, the next in smiles, flashing with light and black as Erebus the same instant. His pantomime is great, and his gesticulation much and characteristic. He talks mostly in his face, and with his hands and arms.
Page 29 - I wonder if the ground has anything to say? I wonder if the ground is listening to what is said ? I wonder if the ground would come alive and what is on it? Though I hear what the ground says. The ground says: 'It is the Great Spirit that placed me here. The Great Spirit tells me to take care of the Indians, to feed them aright. The Great Spirit appointed the roots to feed the Indians on.
Page 116 - I pursued him and he left the country. I have never seen him from that time until last evening. In all this time he has been considered as semi-hostile, and no reliance could be placed on him. This man Qual-chew, spoken of above, is the son of Ow-hi. His history, for three years past, is too well known to need recapitulation. He has been actively engaged in all the murders, robberies, and attacks upon the white people since 1855, both east and west of the Cascade mountains. He was with the party...
Page 28 - I am convinced that Lawyer was only playing the game to procure for his people a larger reservation than the other chiefs would get, and that his Cay-use story was "rot.
Page 29 - The Great Spirit has given us our names. We have these names and hold these names. Neither the Indians nor the Whites have a right to change these names. The ground says, The Great Spirit has placed me here to produce all that grows on me, trees and fruit.
Page 29 - He thus described the manner in which the tribes at the East receded at the approach of the whites: "The red men traveled away farther, and from that time they kept traveling away farther, as the white people came up with them. And this man's people," (pointing to a Delaware Indian, who was one of the interpreters,) "are from that people.
Page 30 - The whites may travel in all directions through our country, we will have nothing to say to them, provided they do not build houses on our lands. Now I wish to speak about Lawyer. I think he has given his land. That is what I think from his words. I request another meeting. It is not in one meeting only that we can come to a decision. If you come again with a friendly message from our Great Father, I shall see you again at this place. To-morrow I shall see you again, and tomorrow evening I shall...
Page 399 - The weirs are constructed with considerable skill upon horizontal spars, and supported by tripods of strong poles erected at short distances apart; two of the legs fronting up stream, and one supporting them below.
Page 75 - ... position I then occupied in relation to the Indians. The river is now, and has been at all times, impassable. The Indians cross over by swimming their animals, and by this means I collect what news I can as to their movements and designs. The salmon have not commenced running in any numbers, and hence the Indians are compelled to go to the mountains to seek subsistence. It is reported that Kamiakin has gone over to see some of the Nez...

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