Dahcotah: Or, Life and Legends of the Sioux Around Fort Snelling

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Page 69 - Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee ; for whither thou goest I will go, and where thou lodgest, I will lodge ; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God ; where thou diest I will die, and there will I be buried ; the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.
Page 107 - talk" with the parents, concluding by asking them to give him Walking Wind for his wife. And, what is worthy to be noticed here is, that, after having gone to so much trouble to ask a question, he never for a moment waits for an answer, but turns round, horse and all, and goes back to his wigwam. The parents then consult for a day or two, although they from the first moment have made up their minds as to what they are going to do. In due time the presents are taken into the wigwam, which signifies...
Page vii - The genius of those countries having been^o often placed before it as the perfect model of all greatness and all beauty, every spontaneous movement has been repressed, in order to make room for the most servile imitation ; and every national attempt to develop an original character has been sacrificed to the reproduction of something conformable to the model which has been always before its eyes.
Page 48 - ... hanging, as coolly too as if she had been used to being hung for a long time. But when, after having doubled the strap four times to prevent its breaking, she found herself choking, her courage gave way — she yelled frightfully ; and it was well that her son and others ran so fast, for they had well nigh been too late. As it was, they carried her into the teepee, where the medicine man took charge of her case ; and she was quite well again in an hour or two. Report says (but there is a sad...
Page xi - ... would have beaten her for refusing to do [ie, steal].1 ... I have sometimes thought, that if, when a warrior, be he chief or commoner, throws a stick of wood at his wife's head, she were to cast it back at his, he might, perhaps, be taught better behavior.1 . . . Even as a child [the Dakota woman] is despised, in comparison with the brother beside her, who is one day to be a great warrior. As a maiden, she is valued while the young man, who wants her for a wife, may have a doubt of his success....
Page 77 - Shahce-pee's village* dreamed of seeing a cormorant, a bird which feeds on fish. He was very much alarmed, and directed his friend to go out and catch a fish, and to bring the first one he caught...
Page 103 - When a young man is unable to purchase the girl he loves best, or if her parents are unwilling she should marry him, if he have gained the heart of the maiden he is safe. They appoint a time and place to meet; take whatever will be necessary for their journey; that is, the man takes his gun and powder and shot, and the girl her knife and wooden bowl to eat and drink out of; and these she intends to hide in her blanket. Sometimes they merely go to the next village and return the next day.
Page 145 - Rations are put up for the men ; — hams, buffalo tongues, pics and cake for the officers. The battalion marches out to the sound of the drum and fife ; — they are soon down the hill — they enter their boats; handkerchiefs are waved from the fort, caps are raised and flourished over the water — they are almost out of sight — they are gone.
Page 74 - Eastman, 1849, 74. Their medicine men, who profess to administer to the affairs of the soul and body are nothing more than jugglers, and are the worst men of the tribe; yet from fear alone they claim the entire respect of the community. There are numerous clans among the Dahcotahs each using a different medicine, and no one knows what this medicine is but those who are initiated into the mysteries of the medicine dance, whose celebration is attended with the utmost ceremony. A Dahcotah would die...

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