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MICHIGAN

THE OLD INDIAN DOCTOR

The children were taught those things which their parents thought were indispensable to success as an Indian. First of all, perhaps, to ride a pony and shoot with a bow, and it was a great practice among the boys to run and jump at a mark. The children were under law to venerate parents and superiors, to obey and wait upon them. They were punished in no systematized manner. Parents would shake, or push, or cuff the ears, but it was a right jealously held by the parents, and if the father thought his child had in any wise been insulted or punished at school he was quickly on hand to see about it. I think that wives were fully up to the standard of these times in domestic truth. When there were evidences of improprieties they were paler faces, and such were always held under a kind of scorn. I never heard of any polygamy among the tribes, but my personal knowledge of practices were mostly confined to our own mission. The tendencies were all the other way. Each husband had a pride in providing for his squaw and pappoose, ponies and trappings, and he readily saw that the easiest way was the best. Some of the Christian Indians told father that years before there were some of the tribe who were so heathenish as to take more than one wife. 4. They loved deeds of kindness done towards themselves, and would remember them and return the favor if they ever had an opportunity, and so it was counted no shame to beg, and when they came into any house hungry, they would say: "Howe-shum-bo-shin, quas-quis chebuckatah, " give me bread, very hungry. One Sabbath morning, chief Noonday brought his adopted son to the mission school saying: "This is the morning that the Savior rose from the dead, and I wish to do something in memory of Him. " They seemed to be chary of speaking much of their traditions and superstitions in the presence of the white teachers whom they acknowledged to be superior in knowledge, and were shy of criticism.

Michigan Indians


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