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Identifier: youngfolkshistor00higg
Title: Young folks’ history of the United States
Year: 1903 (1900s)
Authors: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911
Publisher: New York, London [etc.] Longmans, Green, and co.

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Understanding TO USE SNOW-Footwear. in with a net-function of deers hide. THE AMERICAN INDIANS. fastened to the foot by thongs, only a light elasticmoccason becoming worn. As a result the foot was supportedon the surface of the snow and an Indian could travelforty miles a day upon snow-footwear, and could easilyovertake the deer and moose, whose pointed hoofscut through the crust. The peculiar pattern variedwith almost every single tribe, as did also the pattern ofthe birch canoe. This was produced of the bark of the Birchwhite birch, stretched more than a very light frame of white °^°°®cedar. The whole bark of a birch-tree was stripped

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BIRCH CANOE. off and place round the frame, without being torn. The how itedges had been sewed with thongs cut from the roots of the ^^^^cedar, and have been then covered with pitch made fromthe gum of trees. If torn, the canoe could be mendedwith pieces of bark, fastened in the very same way. Thelargest of these canoes had been thirty feet lengthy, and wouldcarry ten or twelve Indians: they had been quite light, andcould be paddled with ease. They were frequently verygracefully shaped, and drew quite tiny water. Thebirch canoe and the snow-shoe are nonetheless considerably in use, i8 YOUNG Folks* UNITED STATES. Govern-ment. Thetotem. not only amongst Indians, but among white guys, in thenorthern components of the United States and in Canada. Clans. Several of the Indian tribes were divided into smaller sized classes, or clans, distinguished by a mark, or totem,tattooed on the breast such as the wolf, deer, tor-toise, beaver, bear, snipe, heron, hawk. Every single classhad 1 or much more chiefs, or sachems, who represented itin the fantastic councils. The sach

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