English. The Chief presently
asked if we would
like to see his people in general Council.
We let him know we would as soon as was
convenient. Ten o'clock tomorrow was therefore fix
upon, and runners dispatched immediately to give
It was about two o'clock when we arrived
and some time after the conference Cornplanter
came into our apartment, and asked if we could
eat in the Indian way. We replied we expected
we could; and presently he brought in some dinner
in a bark bowl and a tin kettle. The bowl was
placed on a seat beside us, and the kettle on the
ground before us, and we unvited to eat.
What was in the bowl or kettle we knew not, or
whether they were to be eaten together or separate.
The bowl contained a number of round
lumps of something tied in corn husks, with
a string at each end, and one in the middle.
At length after some interrogations among
our selves, we let them know that our ignorance
was such, we did not know how to begin, which
set some of the young Indians laughing.
The Chief took out his knife, for they had set
neither, knives, forks, nor spoons, and taking up
a dumpling he cut it in two; then stripping
up the husk, he cut off a piece, and dipping it
in the kettle, which we found contained bear's oil