By Eliza Morrison
Written in 1894 and lately recovered from the files of the collage of Minnesota, this brilliant autobiography tells the tale of a ChippewaScots French girl from Madeline Island in Lake greater. the kid and grandchild of fur investors, Eliza Morrison tells of a tough and lovely lifestyles carved out of the wildernessthe starving time” together with her husband John on a home in northern Wisconsin; her travels via boat, puppy sled, and strolling; and the enjoyment of creating maple syrup within the spring. Generously illustrated with photos, drawings, and maps, Métis tradition comes alive as local American lore and heritage are mixed with homesteading tales in real mixed-blood style, giving a 19th-century woman’s view of the Wisconsin demise March, the Dream Dance, and the Chippewa-Dakota warfare in addition to a private examine the lifestyle of a fur buying and selling relatives. additionally integrated is a word list of Chippewa phrases.
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To buy the companies’ help in coercing the Indians to sign away their lands in treaties, the government gave them generous subsidies to cover the outstanding debts of Indian trappers. Once they were given this financial boon, the fur companies abandoned their former partners to the new reservations and retired to more urban areas to tally their profits. Trading fur would continue in a loosely organized fashion as many new immigrants gleaned a second income trapping in winter. Indeed, years later Mrs.
Then my husband gives him half of what tobacco he had. Tobacco means good friend. Giving half what he had means a respect and my husband went through some motion with his hand and the old man bowed to him and lift one leg and struck the ground or kicked it and shook hands with him. And we went our way to my sisters. ” He takes the Red sash off from him and puts his suspenders on him. He says “I know Mr Leihy is not an Indian” and I laughed at him. “You are a curious fellow. ” “O no” he says “knowing what to do I have not forgot my scotch blood yet.
My sister seen us coming there. She says “I thought they would come pretty soon. I heard you got married. ” “Yes” I said. “John Morrison is his name. He cant talk english at all. ” She was silent and John went out to look around. In a few minutes Mr Leihy came. He of course know him, shook hands with him. “You come to see us. I heard Eliza was married. We could not see any body here that know you well enough to tell us. All my wife done was to look for you. ” Of course we canot write all what we said.
A Little History of My Forest Life: An Indian-White Autobiography by Eliza Morrison