Bukwujjinini, and one of the inducements he had to take the journey was the hope of visiting the home of the writer who had cared enough for the legends of his people to turn them into poetry.
But this could not be, for the old man, who was over ninety, fell ill, and died on the very day the Indians were to set forth, and they took their journey without their father, and with genuine sorrow in their hearts.
For some time the Canadian
gentleman who arranged the expedition had been cherishing the idea of training the Indians to perform scenes from ‘Hiawatha’ in the forest on the shores of the ‘big sea water.’
Kabaoosa readily fell in with this scheme, and after the visit of the Indians to Mr. Longfellow
's home in Cambridge
the plan rapidly matured, and a formal invitation was sent to Mr. Longfellow
's family to be present at the representation as guests of the Indians.
The invitation was written on birch bark, in Ojibway, and was as follows—