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By Eliza Morrison

Written in 1894 and lately recovered from the documents of the college of Minnesota, this outstanding autobiography tells the tale of a Chippewa–Scots French lady from Madeline Island in Lake better. the kid and grandchild of fur investors, Eliza Morrison tells of a tough and gorgeous lifestyles carved out of the wilderness—the “starving time” along with her husband John on a domicile in northern Wisconsin; her travels by way of boat, puppy sled, and strolling; and the enjoyment of constructing maple syrup within the spring. Generously illustrated with pictures, drawings, and maps, Métis tradition comes alive as local American lore and historical past are combined with homesteading tales in precise mixed-blood model, giving a 19th-century woman’s view of the Wisconsin dying March, the Dream Dance, and the Chippewa-Dakota warfare in addition to a private examine the way of life of a fur buying and selling kin. additionally incorporated is a thesaurus of Chippewa phrases.

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36 20th of November is the time the white fish comes in the south channel. He got one of my brothers to come and work with us. That fall, my, he was happy as he could be, getting ready for the business. Got ready by the 20th of Nov and commenced from that time till it froze up. What nice whitefish we use to have there. My husband and brother fished untill Dec 16th. It was very cold. The last time they went to lift their nets, they fished a little over a month, they caught 30 barrels of fish. Most of it was whitefish.

When we landed to Red Cliff, the place where the Indians were to be paid by an Agent appointed by the government, we went up to one of my friends house and my husband says to me that he is going to speak to the Indian Agent in Chippewa language through an interpreter. George and him went to the Big Building where the agent was34 enrolling the Indians. George spoke to the Agent and shook hands with him and told him “This is my cousin. He would like to speak to you. @ Eliza Morrison @# The same time he told him he had no pay for several years.

I steered. I made a bee line for home. My sisters little girl was with me all the time. When we got to our landing place my father came to meet us. He shook hands with the young man. “Of course I was very glad when I see somebody with you. ” Of course he was talking with my father while I was working in the kitchen. The next morning after breakfast I told my father the intention of the young man. “Well” he says “my girl, if you have found somebody that you like well enough to marry, all right. You are old enough.

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