Getrude of Wyoming

Getrude of Wyoming

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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. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...are strangers.--For instance, they will cross a forest, or a plain, which is two hundred miles in breadth, so as to reach, with great exactness, the point at which they intend to arrive, keeping, during the whole of that space, in a direct line, without anymaterial deviations: and this they will do with the same ease, let the weather be fair or cloudy.--With equal acuteness they will point to that part of the heavens the sun is in, though it be intercepted by clouds or fogs. Besides this, they are pursue, with incredible facility, the traces of man or beast, either on leaves or grass; and on this account it is with great difliculty they escape discovery.--They are indebted for these talents not only to nature, but to an extraordinary command of the intellectual qualities, which can only be acquired by an unremitted attention, and by long experience.-They are in general very happy in a. retentive memory. They can recapitulate every particular that has been treated of in council, and remember the exact time when they were held. Their belts of wampum preserve the substance of the treaties they have concluded with the neighbouring tribes for ages back, to which they will appeal and refer with I as much perspicuity and readiness, as Europeans can to their written records. The Indians are totally unskilled in geography, as well as all the other sciences, and yet they draw on their birch bark very exact charts or maps of the countries they are acquainted with.--The latitude and longitude only are wanting to make them tolerably complete. Their sole knowledge in astronomy consists in being able to point out the polar star, by which they regulate their course when they travel in the night. They reckon the distance of places not by miles or...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236898613
  • 9781236898616