Tribes of California

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1877 - Indians of North America - 641 pages
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Page 95 - And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered but rather grew worse, 27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
Page 229 - Now these two women were magpies (atch'-atch), but they loved him not and laughed his wooing to scorn. Then he fell into a rage and cursed these two women, and went far away to the north. There he set the world on fire, then made for himself a tule boat, wherein he escaped to the sea and was never heard of more. But the fire which he had kindled burned with a terrible burning.
Page 360 - After paddling and splashing about to their hearts' content, they went on shore and crept upon a huge bowlder that stood beside the water, on which they lay down in the warm sunshine to dry themselves. Very soon they fell asleep, and slept so soundly that they never wakened more. Through moons and snows, winter and summer, they slumbered on.
Page 431 - The distinction of long and short vowels to be noted, as far as possible, by the division into syllables, joining a following consonant to a short vowel, and leaving the vowel open if long. Where this is insufficient, or where greater distinctness is desirable, a horizontal mark above, to indicate a long vowel, a curved mark a short one, thus : a, a, e, e, &c.
Page 37 - FABLE OF THE ANIMALS. A great many hundred snows ago, Kareya, sitting on the Sacred Stool, created the world. First, he made the fishes in the big water, then the animals on the green land, and last of all, The Man. But the animals were all alike yet in power, and it was not yet ordained which should be for food to others, and which should be food for The Man.
Page 56 - Instead of bringing her to his cabin and making her his slave, he goes to live in her cabin and becomes her slave." Again he says: " Since the advent of the Americans the honorable estate of matrimony has fallen sadly into desuetude among the young...
Page 81 - There are other articles paraded and worn in this and other ceremonial dances which they will on no account part with, at least to an American, though they sometimes manufacture them to order for one another. One of these is the flake or knife of obsidian or jasper. I have seen several which were 15 inches or more in length and about 2| inches wide in the widest part.
Page 354 - ... cents. Three kinds of money were employed in this traffic. White shell-buttons, pierced in the center and strung together, rate at $5 a yard (this money was less valuable than among the Nishinam, probably because these lived nearer the source of supply) ; 'periwinkles' (Olivella?) at $1 a yard ; fancy marine shells at various prices, from $3 to $10 or $15 a yard, according to their beauty.
Page 374 - MANUFACTURES. 375 • inchoate arrow-head is laid on this pad along the thick of the thumb, the points of the fingers pressing it firmly down. The instrument used to shape the stone is the end of a deer's antler, from four to six inches in length, held in the right hand. The small round point of this is judiciously pressed upon the edge of the stone, cleaving it away underward in small scales.
Page 107 - ... employed being all the time solely pushing. To guide the instrument with a steady hand the handle is held between the arm and the breast, while the point, with but little play room, assisted by the thumb, works on the edge of the flake, which again is held for greater safety in a piece of deer-skin. After the two sides have been worked down to a point then another instrument is required, with which the barbs and projections are broken out. This is a needle or awl of about 3 inches in length,...

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