By Eliza Morrison
Written in 1894 and lately recovered from the information of the collage of Minnesota, this awesome autobiography tells the tale of a ChippewaScots French lady from Madeline Island in Lake better. the kid and grandchild of fur investors, Eliza Morrison tells of a tricky and lovely existence carved out of the wildernessthe starving time” together with her husband John on a dwelling house in northern Wisconsin; her travels by means of boat, puppy sled, and taking walks; and the enjoyment of constructing maple syrup within the spring. Generously illustrated with images, drawings, and maps, Métis tradition comes alive as local American lore and historical past are mixed with homesteading tales in precise mixed-blood style, giving a 19th-century woman’s view of the Wisconsin loss of life March, the Dream Dance, and the Chippewa-Dakota conflict in addition to a private examine the everyday life of a fur buying and selling family members. additionally incorporated is a word list of Chippewa phrases.
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Additional info for A Little History of My Forest Life: An Indian-White Autobiography
8 June 1891: John Morrison homesteads an additional 40 acres south of Spider Lake. 28 February 1894: Kate Gray conveys interest in Island Lake property to Nettie McCormick. August 1895: John Morrison sells timber off part of the homestead. Fall 1895: The Morrisons move from Spider Lake to Odanah. 14 October 1895: John Morrison sells the timber from additional 40 acres of the homestead. 12 June 1899: John Morrison sells 80 acres of land to Hattie Vanall. 19 September 1899: John Morrison sells 80 acres of land to Anne Pettingill.
They of course done most of the talking on the way to Red Cliff and he was the only full blooded Indian on board with us. The whites called him George, but his Chippewa name is medueiash, named after his father. Medueiash means Battel by the wind. When we landed to Red Cliff, the place where the Indians were to be paid by an Agent appointed by the government, we went up to one of my friends house and my husband says to me that he is going to speak to the Indian Agent in Chippewa language through an interpreter.
Well” he says “my girl, if you have found somebody that you like well enough to marry, all right. You are old enough. I know you can get married as soon as you wish. ” He was out while I was talking with my father. When he came in I told him that I had done my part. “Now you ask my father and it will be all right. ” He went out and commenced to husk corn. And he husked corn 2 days before he dared to ask pa what his intention was. At last he got brave and asked him. For me of course it was all right.
A Little History of My Forest Life: An Indian-White Autobiography by Eliza Morrison