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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 76, August 17, 1853

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Identifier: DX04099676

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 76, August 17, 1853

Description: Describes the people at the town of La Pointe, Wisconsin.


down and shoulders up, staring or leering at the strangers. / Returning to boat & breakfast, subsequently their was a lively scene outside, with the red men & half breeds. Some of the poor Indians provoked pity, they seemed so simple natured and laughing. One old man I met on the boat had not a bad head, and was painted, vermillion daubed over his cheeks. But the most perfect bit of Indian life was a canoe & its contents. Twas birch bark as wont, and in the stern sat its owner, he a square faced brown featured fellow, attired only in a loose long cotton frock, blue and exceedingly dirty. He squatted there, his chin & cheek resting on his hand, an attitude in which he was imitated by a squaw, of which there were two in the boat, both crouching savage like, gazing up, paddles in hand at the steamboat. Three or four children, little, large eyed, black mopped creatures, each with little paddles. A heap of fish in the boat, a tin kettle for cooking, and two dog-pups completed the contents of this turn out. The fellow had come to sell his fish, and grinned as he put the silver coin paid him into a skin bag. / Many of the red-skins were smoking, a mixture of tobacco & a sort of scraped willow bark. / Aboard, and moving again. Talks with folk. With [George M.] Swan & sister, anon with pretty Bertha Livermore. There’s an ugly fellow with projecting lower jaw, an red mustache and crescent whisker who dangleth after her in unseemly manner. Also, this I had from another girl, a report of a beloved one in California. Talks with others, with a good-featured Irishwoman, dwelling on this Lake Shore, who was tender-hearted anent “Uncle Tom.” With other girls. Meantime we we stirring, briskly plashing westwards. Passed the Twelve Apostles, the Seven Devils, and Three Sisters, Islands

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Ojibwa Indians
Great Lakes (North America)
Indians of North America
Canoes and canoeing
Superior, Lake


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