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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 81, August 18, 1853

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Identifier: DX04104204

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 81, August 18, 1853

Description: Describes the people at Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

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out hunting or fishing were on the banks gazing up at us, or paddling about in birch-bark canoes on the river. The women were in the majority, and there were no lack of children. Perhaps there might be nigh 300 of ‘em. Long-black-haired, brown-skinned, dirty, gaily-tawdry attired varlets they were. Few wore covering on their heads, — here and there you might spy a sort of Turban-cap, of red cloth on a man, but ‘twas an exception. Some had leggings and moccasins, though of no great finery, others, though few, clingy trousers, others nought about their extremities. Many wore blankets, the women almost universally, — worn wrapt tightly around them, their outlines thus presenting an appearance suggestive of Flaxmans Outline-Homerics. They were a motley crowd, red and blue colors predominating. They boys and girls were lithe, slender and gipsy-looking. Their faces were all animal, many as repulsive as could be, foreheads villainous low, and massive brute like lower jaws. Some grinned with unsophisticated childish wonder, others smoked stolidly their clumsy hammer looking-stone headed pipes. Many sate crouching in groups, the younger part running about chattering. Some are on the steamboat, others all around it. We all got ashore, and ramble about, savages mingling among us, picturesquely grouped. Many of the old women were particularly hideous, wrinkled and broadnosed, one hereafter seen lying in a conical hut over one-hundred years in age. We all crowd into Godfroy’s store, which is opened by a partner of his, a young Detroit man whose hair grew long and black, though not so coarse as that of the red vagabonds around. Godfroy had interchanged greetings, hand-shakings and Chippeway talk with half a

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-18

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Canoes and canoeing
Women
Smoking
Steamboats
Ojibwa Indians
Children
Clothing and dress
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Indians of North America
Travel

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