the broad snow-shoes, on which, though cumbersome
to the novice, the Indian
hunter could leap like the roe. Of the women, head, arms, and legs, were uncovered; a mat or a skin, neatly prepared, tied over the shoulders, and fastened to the waist by a girdle, extended from the neck to the knees.
They glittered with tufts of elk hair, brilliantly dyed in scarlet; and strings of the various kinds of shells were their pearls and diamonds.
The summer garments, of moose and deer skins, were painted of many colors; and the fairest feathers of the turkey, fastened by threads made from wild hemp and nettle, were curiously wrought into mantles.
The claws of the grisly bear formed a
proud collar for a war-chief; a piece of an enemy's scalp, with a tuft of long hair, painted red, glittered on the stem of their war-pipes; the wing of a red-bird, or the beak and plumage of a raven, decorated their locks; the skin of a rattlesnake was worn round the arm of their chiefs; the skin of the polecat, bound round the leg, was their order of the garter—emblem of noble daring.
A warrior's dress was often a history of his deeds.
His skin was also tattooed with figures of animals, of leaves, of flowers, and painted with lively and shining colors.
Some had the nose tipped with blue, the eyebrows, eyes, and cheeks, tinged with black, and the rest of the face red; others had black
, and blue
stripes drawn from the ears to the mouth; others had a broad, black band, like a ribbon, drawn from ear to ear across the
Relation 1632, p. 18. 1633, p. 27.
eyes, with smaller bands on the cheeks.
made visits, and when they assembled in council, they painted themselves gloriously, delighting especially in vermilion.
There can be no society without government; but