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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 71, August 16, 1853

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Identifier: DX04095151

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 71, August 16, 1853

Description: Describes taking a walk at Ontonagon, Michigan, and visiting a Native American village there.


savage faced and portly, might have seen seventy years, three young women; two as pretty as Indians can be, that is with large full eyes, but coarse features, and long sleek black hair; and two or three slender limbed elfin looking urchins about. They know no English, and therefore were not conversable. But on our giving the children small silver coins, they seemed friendly enow. The girls leered slyly out of the corners of their eyes, and I’ll swear on [one] of ‘em was criticiscising [criticizing] my beard in her dialect. They were attired in bright hued Indian costume. The adjacent cottages were timber & bark built, rude enow, but endurable. I peeped in, but a few skins and sleeping arrangements. I regret to say they were feeding at a pine table, and had plates, — Ontonagon civilization had evidently detiorated [deteriorated] them. We left, and retracing our steps along the sandy shore soon came upon others. A canoe with two or three squaws in’t, with underjaws projecting, and ill-looking. One English word they had in perfection, — ‘twas “whiskey.” And by leerings and beckonings they invited us to a walk in the woods, which amatory invitations were not accepted. So they rowed off. Close by was one of the men, a most picturesque fellow, as we stood looking and gesticulating with him. He had long lank, black hair, high cheek-bones, low forehead, broad face and slim, tall, though stooping figure. He was attired in a loose cotton shirt, leggings, bare brown thigh intervening, and over all a voluminous blue blanket. He had no head dress. Beside him was a wild, Murillo looking bag. / To the village, talk & imbibition, and after some hour and a half back to the boat. I talking with an elderly, strongly featured cosmopolitan New

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-16

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Ojibwa Indians
Clothing and dress
Great Lakes (North America)
Indians of North America
Canoes and canoeing


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