The Native Races

A. L. Bancroft, 1886

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Página 434 - These acts seem of nearly equal dignity, but the last, that of taking an enemy's scalp, is an honour quite independent of the act of vanquishing him. To kill your adversary is of no importance unless the scalp is brought from the field of battle, and were a warrior to slay any number of his enemies in action, and others were to obtain the scalps or first touch the dead, they would have all the honours, since they have borne off the trophy.
Página 387 - The chaines seemed of a bony substance, euery linke or part thereof being very little, thinne, most finely burnished, with a hole pierced through the middest. The number of linkes going to make one chaine, is in a manner infinite ; but of such estimation it is amongst them, that few be the persons that are admitted to weare the same ; and euen they to whom its lawfull to...
Página 117 - were made for labour; one of them can carry, or haul, as much as two men can do. They also pitch our tents, make and mend our clothing, keep us warm at night; and, in fact, there is no such thing as travelling any considerable distance, or for any length of time, in this country, without their assistance.
Página 433 - Besides these, they have a kind of armour something like a coat of mail, which is formed by a great many folds of dressed antelope skins, united by means of a mixture of glue and sand. With this they cover their own bodies and those of their horses, and find it impervious to the arrow.
Página 158 - Naudowesses, and the remote nations, pluck them out with bent pieces of hard wood, formed into a kind of nippers, whilst those who have communication with Europeans, procure from them wire, which they twist into a screw or worm; applying this to the part, they press the rings together, and with a sudden twitch, draw out all the hairs that are inclosed in them.
Página 227 - A flat, retreating brow seems to white men to spoil what would otherwise be a pretty face ; but " the Chinook ideal of facial beauty is a straight line from the end of the nose to the crown of the head."* A little snub-nose may embitter the life of a European girl ; but the Australian natives " laugh at the sharp noses of Europeans, and call them in their language
Página 127 - the Indians of the Rocky Mountains burn with the deceased all his effects, and even those of his nearest relatives, so that it not unfrequently happens that a family is reduced to absolute starvation'; and, of the Bagos above named, Caillie' says, ' The family of the deceased, who are ruined by this act of superstition [burning his property], are supported through the next harvest by the inhabitants of the village.
Página 369 - Their men for the most part goe naked ; the women take a kinde of bulrushes, and kembing it after the manner of hemp, make themselues thereof a loose garment, which being knitte about their middles, hanges downe about their hippes, and so affordes to them a couering of that which nature teaches should be hidden ; about their shoulders they weare also the skin of a deere, with the haire vpon it.
Página 54 - The purity of the material of which the house was framed, the elegance of its construction, and the translucency of its walls, which transmitted a very pleasant light, gave it an appearance far superior to a marble building, and one might survey it with feelings somewhat akin to those produced by the contemplation of a Grecian temple, reared by Phidias ; both are triumphs of art, inimitable in their kinds.
Página 88 - These people are rather low of stature, but plump and well shaped ; with rather short necks ; swarthy chubby faces ; black eyes ; small beards ; and long, straight, black hair ; which the men wear loose behind, and cut before, but the women tie up in a bunch.