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MICHIGAN

THE OLD INDIAN DOCTOR

DAILY LIFE, MANNERS, AND CUSTOMS OF THE INDIANS IN KALAMAZOO COUNTY
Below we give another interesting and valuable paper from the pen of Mrs. SSL John regarding the Indians of this portion of Michigan the tribes who owned and for hundreds of years inhabited and dominated over these happy Hunting grounds: 1. Pokagon was the principal Pottawattomie chief in 1827. I remember one Pottawattomie chief who was called Blackskin and my brother (George) says he remembers of a chief or under chief called Whiteface being probably ¦of a mixture of French blood. I am unable to say just what form of government the Pottawattomies had among themselves, but I suppose it was much like that of the Ottawas. When any important matter concerned the tribe Daughter of Rev. L. Slater. or any differences too heavy to settle between persons, the chief called a council of head men who sat round in a circle, smoked tobacco and talked one at a time, while others occasionally gave short exclamations of assent or surprise or dissent or grunts of attention till the matter was discussed, and generally ended by agreeing with the chief. It has been said by many that Indians are slow and stolid; that they were quick tempered, and when partially intoxicated would often stab each other I men and women). They all carried knives in sheaths hung to the belt. The knife blade was about seven inches long and turned back a little at the point and sharp. The United States government took notice of crimes committed among the Indians whenever such were perpetrated within the jurisdiction of the mission. Louis Geneau, an Indian, when drunk, pushed Ms wife into the fire; he was tried and sent to Jackson prison for life. While there he was asked how long he would have to stay. He replied, "All time, spose. " He was afterwards pardoned out. There were a number of chiefs at the same time. Father writes of three coming together once to the mission house to confer on some subject.

Michigan Indians


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