If the Spaniards, when they first took possession of the newly-discovered world, instead of destroying the inhabitants by the thousands, had either had the urbanity or the policy to have conciliated them by kind treatment, and to have united them gradually to their own people, such an accession might have been made to the power […]
Aborigines, n. Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.
By the shores of Gitche Gumee, By the shining Big-Sea-Water, Stood the wigwam of Nokomis, Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis. Dark behind it rose the forest, Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees, Rose the firs with cones upon them; Bright before it beat the water, Beat the clear and sunny water, Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.
Red-skin, n. A North American Indian, whose skin is not red – at least not on the outside.
Should you ask me, whence these stories? Whence these legends and traditions, With the odors of the forest With the dew and damp of meadows, With the curling smoke of wigwams, With the rushing of great rivers, With their frequent repetitions, And their wild reverberations As of thunder in the mountains? I should answer, I […]
Hatchet, n. A young axe, known among Indians as a Thomashawk.
All around the happy village Stood the maize-fields, green and shining, Waved the green plumes of Mondamin, Waved his soft and sunny tresses, Filling all the land with plenty. ‘Twas the women who in Spring-time Planted the broad fields and fruitful, Buried in the earth Mondamin; ‘Twas the women who in Autumn Stripped the yellow […]
“To be an Indian is hard, very hard… What I remember the most is the terror and sadness that fell upon me when the Mexican soldiers killed my mother,” he said softly, as if the memory was still painful. “She was a poor and humble Indian. Perhaps it was better that her life was over […]
Our treatment of the natives may be deemed unjustifiable by some. Naturally they may say it was their country, and ask what business we had there? Quite so; but the same argument may be said in all new countries. It will not hold water, however, nor can we change the unalterable law of Nature. For […]
When they left the rock or tree or sand dune that had sheltered them for the night, the Navajo was careful to obliterate every trace of their temporary occupation. He buried the embers of the fire and the remnants of the food, unpiled any stones he had piled together, filled up the holes he had […]