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Beyond Penn's Treaty

A Mission to the Indians from the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting to Fort Wayne, in 1804

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running up of the sturgeon; the Little Turtle

very humorously proposed to Johnson a project,
which was to join in building a stone dam at the
junction of the two rivers, to prevent the sturgeon
from getting back again to the lake, and then said
he you and I will live on them this summer.

We observed to-day (15th,) several hunting
and sugar camps, and went on shore to visit two
of the latter. The camps were well supplied
with jerk venison, dried raccoon, sturgeon, &c.;
one man only was at the camp, and he was em-
ployed with his knife in making a paddle for his
canoe. A squaw was knitting a bag, and an-
other was preparing the bark of the buckeye for
thread, strings, &c., by beating it with a piece
of wood. We saw amongst them several fat and
healthy looking children, who were playful and
did not appear to be afraid of us. The children
presented us with a quarter of fresh venison, for
which we returned them some salt meat and bis-
cuit, with which they were pleased. Here we
saw a child about six months old fixed to a board
in the genuine Indian fashion. The board was
straight, about fifteen inches in width, and two
and a half feet in length, having at its head a
circular handle, and at the foot a small ledge
To this the child was lashed by cloth bandages,
and so tight that it could not move hand or foot.
The board was placed against a tree, almost per-
pendicularly, and the infant asleep- of course in
a standing position. The child was painted very