Native Cemeteries and Forms of Burial East of the Mississippi

Native Cemeteries and Forms of Burial East of the Mississippi

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...and poured forth in a plaintive tone a torrent of words suitable to the person whose part they represented, according to the different degrees of relationship or connection, which this same person bore to the deceased man or woman." This chanting continued for nearly half an hour, when "an Algonquian, who was no relation of the dead woman, imposed silence, rising, and instantly no more lamentations were heard. This Indian first made the Funeral Oration of this unfortunate woman, whose good qualities he set forth in particular, as I was told, to make it understood that she must be happy in the land of departed souls, and that her relatives should be consoled for her loss." The Algonquian speaker was immediately followed by an old man of the Iroquois, who "made a defense for the dead man, that is to say he undertook to account for his action in representing to the assembly that this unfortunate husband had doubtless been possessed with the evil Spirit on the day that he had drowned his wife, and that consequently this Indian not having been master of himself at the time of this evil deed, he rather merited pity than the condemnation of the present assembly." He referred to the dead man as a great warrior and hunter, and deplored the act which made it necessary for the Tsonnontouanme to slay him. He then called attention to the position of the body. "Finally, in order the more to excite the compassion of the spectators, this Iroquois threw himself at the feet of the dead woman whose pardon he besought, in the name of her husband, and he protested that had it been in his power to restore her to life, she would certainly not be in her sad plight. Then to crown his discourse he addressed the father-in-law of the more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236590945
  • 9781236590947