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Indian Legends of Minnesota   By: (1863?-1925)

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[Illustration: MINNEHAHA. ( Frontispiece. )]

INDIAN LEGENDS OF MINNESOTA

COMPILED BY

MRS. CORDENIO A. SEVERANCE

"Then a darker, drearier vision Passed before me vague and cloudlike; I beheld our nation scattered, All forgetful of my council, Weakened, warring with each other: Saw the remnant of our people Sweeping westward, wild and woful, Like the cloud rack of a tempest, Like the withered leaves of Autumn!"

D. D. MERRILL COMPANY

NEW YORK AND SAINT PAUL

COPYRIGHTED, 1893,

D. D. MERRILL CO.

Dedication,

TO

MRS. FRANCIS B. CLARKE

AND

MR. DELOS A. MONTFORT,

UNDER WHOSE INSPIRATION AND THROUGH WHOSE

ASSISTANCE THIS UNDERTAKING HAS BEEN

MADE POSSIBLE, THIS VOLUME IS

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED.

CONTENTS.

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THE LONE WAR PATH. Elaine Goodale Eastman, 9

FOND HEARTS OF THE FOREST, 22

ANPETUSAPA, 32

WINONA, 48

THE PEACE PIPE QUARRY. Adelaide George Bennett, 77

THE SONG OF HIAWATHA. Henry W. Longfellow, 86

HIAWATHA'S WOOING. Henry W. Longfellow, 91

THE RIVER LAKE. E. L. Fales, 95

SONG OF A NADOWESSEE CHIEF. Sir E. L. Bulwer, 97

"MAHNUSATIA." Fannie L. Stone, 99

THE DESCENDING STAR. Ida Sexton Searls, 126

THE TRAILING ARBUTUS. Adelaide George Bennett, 132

NOPA. Ida Sexton Searls, 136

THE SEA GULL, 139

SWEET WATER, 162

DEATH OF WINONA. H. L. Gordon, 171

THE LEGEND OF THE MOCCASIN FLOWER. Ida Sexton Searls, 175

NOTES, 179

PREFACE.

In presenting to the public this volume the compiler wishes to disown any attempt at a complete collection of Indian legends; both her knowledge of archæology, and the time allowed for the completion of the work are inadequate to such an achievement. She has attempted to gather the more noticeable legends already in verse in order to stimulate interest in the scenery and romance of her State. From its name Minnesota to its floral emblem the moccasin flower the State everywhere bears the impress of former occupation. About every lake, forest, and valley clings the aroma of romance in the form of name or legend of the vanished Red Man.

The indistinct memory of his loves, wars, and adventures is growing rapidly fainter, until even the story teller himself is confused as to the relation between event and locality. It has therefore seemed wise to link indissolubly scene and incident, that the poetry of those who have here lived and loved may not be completely displaced by the prosaic commerce of the white man.

The compiler wishes also to express her thanks to the writers who have allowed their works to reappear in this volume: To Rev. E. D. Neill, D.D., for much valuable counsel, and to Houghton, Mifflin & Co., for permission to make extracts from Hiawatha.

INDIAN LEGENDS.

The Lone War Path.

A STORY OF SIOUX AND BLACKFOOT.

O'er a vast prairie stoops the sultry night; The moon in her broad kingdom wanders white; High hung in space, she swims the murky blue. Low lies yon village of the roaming Sioux Its smoke stained lodges, moving toward the west, By conquering Sleep invaded and possessed.

All there, save one, own his benign command; Their chief has lately left this little band, And up the glittering path of spirits fled; Thus his young widow, not a twelvemonth wed, In yonder solitary tent conceals The aching hope, the trembling pangs she feels.

How breathless is the night! None saw it rise That black cloud stealing up the glassy skies Till threatening murmurs, loud and louder grown, Burst from its swelling bosom, and the moon Slips into brief oblivion, while a glare As of far, flickering torches, seems to bear The challenge of the gods... Continue reading book >>




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