The Story of the American Indian; His Origin, Development, Decline and Destiny
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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...one refers to some particular affair, or some circumstance which it represents so long as it exists."--Laf1tau: Motors del Sauvages A meriquainei. of the race in whose duties, occupations, organizations and ambitions it played so conspicuous a part. But there were other things, also, that determined the character and quality of the Indian life: --arts and inventions, beyond the attainment even of peoples who have not been esteemed barbaric; workmanship, of which even the skilled artificer of to-day might be proud; productiveness, that betrays an intelligence never yet conceded to these so-called "savages." Relics and excavations attest their skill in the making of pottery, beyond that which even their pre-historic ancestors of mound and pueblo attained. The Indian method of tanning skins is still esteemed the best; the Indian deer-skin shoe, or moccason, as originally made, was a better shoe than ancient Rome or mediaevel Europe produced and, so experts have declared, "deserves to be classed among the highest articles of apparel ever invented, alike in usefulness, durability and beauty." The bark rope, the beautiful, strong and skilfullymade burden-straps of porcupine-quills, the canoe, bark tray and sap-tub, the corn-mortar, snow-shoe and Da-ya-ya-dd-ganea-ta or fire-maker (really a unique and ingenious invention often wonderfully artistic weaving of the Navajos, and the people of Zuhi, the air gun and arrows still made by the Cherokees, the buckskin ball and the hickory rackets of the Choctaws and Seminoles, the polished stone ware and the rotary drill of the Moki and Zuhi Indians--relics of the lost arts of their ancestors--all attest the high state of semi-civilized inventiveness which the Indians before the...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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