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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journal, Visit to Indians in New York State, v.2

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the Head & Beard was found by twisting a
Wire of the Common Knitting Needle Size on a
piece of round hard Wood about 1/2 an Inch in
Diameter & two Inches in length. On the Wood
being withdrawn the Wire forms a spring
or Kind of Pinchers & being applied to the Face
or Head & then pressd with the thumb &
Finger at each end, took such fast hold of
the Hairs which had inserted themselves be
tween the wires when a little open, they
were readily extracted by the Roots. This Investment
is light of carriage & will last an Age.
Plucking the Hair from their Heads is
now Discontinued, and in many Instances the Younger Men Shave their Beards.

Indian Parents commonly give their Children
names significant of something in Nature, as
Corn Planters

name in the Indian Language is
Ky ea'twech'Che. Conudin, signifies a
handsome Lake. Agish'quat'take is Dry
Much. Oendo, means the first ripe Corn.
these Names are Changed occasionally
in Consequence of remarkable Circumstance on
taking place, or of particular Employments
or acts of Individuals & latterly some of these
Class & Children have taken & ap
pear pleased, with being named after white
People. They are not Delicate in their Eating, but
will feast, apparently with a relish, on Meat
much tainted & even peopled with Inhabi
tants & sometimes almost rotten. --