Dun's International Review Volume 36

Dun's International Review Volume 36

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...clothing from the skin of the buffalo, but this great animal, with his wonderful coat of fur, is now extinct in his wild state, and the wild deer and elk of the Rocky Mountains provide hides used by the Indians of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington for the manufacture of moccasins, shirts, dresses, gloves, and December, 1920 many other articles. Modern high power rifles have displaced bows and arrows for killing big game, but the squaws of the northland still prepare the buckskin much as they did hundreds of years ago, scraping the fur from the outer side of the skin with rude bone scrapers, and smoke-tanning the hides by shaping them like miniature tepees, inside of which they build a slow fire that gradually cures the skin. Leather of wonderful fineness and flexibility is thus produced, and it will last for years with the hardest kind of usage. Virtually all of the better work of the northern squaws is gayly decorated with beads of many colors, "store beads" having long ago taken the place of the shells and bone beads used by the primitive red man. Strange as it may seem, the World War played havoc with the bead work of the Indians, because the supply of brilliant cut beads from Germany could no longer be obtained, and the beads purchaseable did not have the sheen and lustre of the imported article. There are many classes of beadwork to be obtained in the north Indian countries. The Indians of the cactus and rattlesnake country, such as the Crows and Sioux, make a wonderful hard sole moccasin capable of resisting cactus thorns and the bites of venemous reptiles, while those of the mountains, such as the Pend o'Reille and the Selish, make a soft pliable moccasin, for they have no need of the protection so necessary for...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236751124
  • 9781236751126