By Eliza Morrison
Written in 1894 and lately recovered from the files of the college of Minnesota, this brilliant autobiography tells the tale of a ChippewaScots French lady from Madeline Island in Lake more suitable. the kid and grandchild of fur investors, Eliza Morrison tells of a tough and gorgeous existence carved out of the wildernessthe starving time” together with her husband John on a domicile in northern Wisconsin; her travels through boat, puppy sled, and strolling; and the enjoyment of constructing maple syrup within the spring. Generously illustrated with pictures, drawings, and maps, Métis tradition comes alive as local American lore and historical past are mixed with homesteading tales in precise mixed-blood type, giving a 19th-century woman’s view of the Wisconsin demise March, the Dream Dance, and the Chippewa-Dakota struggle 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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We worked 4 days chopping and fixing up for spring. On the fifth day we went home. My sister and the girls come quite a piece with us. We came to the old chief house. We of course have to stop there. Some of them was standing out doors looking at us coming. One of the boys ran to the river. “He is here now” [he] says to his grandpa Edanigishik. Edanigishik means light on both sides. Thats the old chiefs name. The old chief says to my husband “When you get to the garden they want you to stop to wabanimikis wigiwam.
My sister and the girls come quite a piece with us. We came to the old chief house. We of course have to stop there. Some of them was standing out doors looking at us coming. One of the boys ran to the river. “He is here now” [he] says to his grandpa Edanigishik. Edanigishik means light on both sides. Thats the old chiefs name. The old chief says to my husband “When you get to the garden they want you to stop to wabanimikis wigiwam. He heard you was up here. He wants to see you. He heard you was a nephew of the 5 brothers.
Pa says “That would be all right to make a homestead. You had better take a trip over to Red Cliff. The Indian Agent Web is going to Pay off the Indians in Red Cliff reservation on the 29th of Oct 1865. ” My husband says to me “We might just as well go tomorrow morning. ” We only stopped over night with my father. We started the next morning for Red Cliff reservation where the Indians were to be paid from the Government. We stopped to Bay Field. We went to my brothers house [to] eat dinner. There was only two of us in that big boat.
A Little History of My Forest Life: An Indian-White Autobiography by Eliza Morrison