The Indian and Antiquities of America

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Sherman & Company, printers, 1897 - 451 من الصفحات
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الصفحة 79 - Thou shall have no other gods before me. 'Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them...
الصفحة 268 - ... feet altitude, though now reduced by the plough to seven and a half, having been under cultivation about a dozen years. Before this it was covered with trees of twelve inches diameter, and round the base was an excavation of five feet depth and width, from whence the earth had been taken of which the hillock was formed.
الصفحة 269 - But on whatever occasion they may have been made, they are of considerable notoriety among the Indians : for a party passing, about thirty years ago, through the part of the country where this barrow is, went through the woods directly to it, without any instructions or inquiry ; and having staid about it some time, with expressions which were construed to be those of sorrow, they returned to the high road, which they had left about half a dozen miles to pay this visit, and pursued their journey.
الصفحة 268 - ... on river sides) and by a tradition, said to be handed down from the Aboriginal Indians, that, when they settled in a town, the first person who died was placed erect, and earth put about him, so as to cover and support him; that, when another died, a narrow passage was dug to the first, the second reclined against him, and the cover of earth replaced, and so on.
الصفحة 270 - ... mantle: here it is suffered to remain, visited and protected by the friends and relations, until the flesh becomes putrid, so as easily to part from the bones; then undertakers, who make it their business, carefully strip the flesh from the bones, wash and cleanse them, and when dry and purified by the air, having provided a curiously wrought chest or coffin, fabricated of bones...
الصفحة 446 - A knowledge of these several languages would be the most certain evidence of their derivation which could be produced. In fact it is the best proof of the affinity of nations which ever can be referred to.
الصفحة 258 - ... you begin to inquire if any tradition, if any the faintest records can throw any light upon these habitations of men of another age. Is there no scope beside these mounds for imagination, and for contemplation of the past ? The men, their joys, their sorrows, their bones, are all buried together. But the grand features of nature remain. There is the beautiful prairie, over which they " strutted through life's poor play.
الصفحة 369 - And when it was day, they knew/ not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.
الصفحة 268 - I proceeded then to make a perpendicular cut through the body of the barrow, that I might examine 'its internal structure. This passed about three feet from its centre, was opened to the former surface of the earth, and was wide enough for a man to walk through and examine its sides. At the bottom, that is, on the level of the circumjacent plain, I found bones; above...
الصفحة 257 - From the highest points of the Ohio, to where I am now writing,* and far up the upper Mississippi and Missouri, the more the country is explored and peopled, and the more its surface is penetrated, not only are there more mounds brought to view, but more incontestable marks of a numerous population. Wells, artificially walled, different structures of convenience or defence, have been found in such numbers, as no longer to excite curiosity.

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