Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains: Performed in the Years 1819 and '20

Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823

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Página 140 - ... letan now stepped forward and lashed a post with his whip, declaring that he would thus punish those who did not dance. This threat, from one whom they had vested with authority for this occasion, had a manifest effect upon his auditors, who were presently highly wrought up by the sight of two or three little mounds of tobacco twist, which were now laid before them, and appeared to infuse new life. ' After lashing the post and making his threat, letan went on to narrate his martial exploits....
Página 254 - Another Minnetaree, in compliance with a vow he had made, caused a hole to be perforated through the muscles of each shoulder ; through these holes, cords were passed, which were, at the opposite ends, attached by way of a bridle to a horse, that had been penned up three or four days without food or water. In this manner, he led the horse to the margin of the river. The horse, of course, endeavored to drink, but it was the province of the Indian to prevent him, and that only by straining at the cords...
Página 55 - Tumuli and other remains of the labors of nations of Indians (?) that inhabited this region many ages since are remarkably numerous about St. Louis. Those tumuli immediately northward of the town and within a short distance of it, are twenty-seven in number, of various forms and magnitudes, arranged nearly in a line from north to south. The common form is an oblong square, and they all stand on the second bank of the river. * * It seems probable these piles of earth were raised as cemeteries, or...
Página 230 - ... mediately with them, although no ill-will exists between ' them ; they will not, on any account, mention each ' other's name in company, nor look in each other's faces ; ' any conversation that passes between them is conducted ' through the medium of some other person.
Página 3 - Mr. Seymour, as painter for the expedition, will furnish sketches of landscapes, whenever we meet with any distinguished for their beauty and grandeur. He will also paint miniature likenesses, or portraits if required, of distinguished Indians and exhibit groups of savages engaged in celebrating their festivals, or sitting in council, and in general illustrate any subject, that may be deemed appropriate in his art...
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