By Eliza Morrison

Written in 1894 and lately recovered from the data of the collage of Minnesota, this great autobiography tells the tale of a Chippewa–Scots French lady from Madeline Island in Lake more suitable. the kid and grandchild of fur investors, Eliza Morrison tells of a tough and lovely existence carved out of the wilderness—the “starving time” together with her husband John on a home in northern Wisconsin; her travels by way of boat, puppy sled, and taking walks; and the enjoyment of constructing maple syrup within the spring. Generously illustrated with photos, drawings, and maps, Métis tradition comes alive as local American lore and background are combined with homesteading tales in actual mixed-blood model, giving a 19th-century woman’s view of the Wisconsin dying March, the Dream Dance, and the Chippewa-Dakota battle in addition to a private examine the way of life of a fur buying and selling kinfolk. additionally integrated is a word list of Chippewa phrases.

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Now you ask my father and it will be all right. ” He went out and commenced to husk corn. And he husked corn 2 days before he dared to ask pa what his intention was. At last he got brave and asked him. For me of course it was all right. The old man told him he could have me. “This is the first time she find a young man that she likes well enough to marry. ” We got ready. @ A Little History of My Forest Life @# Iron River November 10 1894 Dear Mrs Gray I am sending you some more. I am very slow but if it satisfies to you I shall keep right on.

1842 The Copper Treaty Allowed exploitation of copper deposits but reserved hunting-gathering rights. 1850 Executive Order US President Zachary Taylor revoked treaty-reserved hunting-gathering rights and local politicians decided to remove Indians to unceded lands in Minnesota. To force the move, treaty payments were changed from La Pointe to Sandy Lake in late fall, resulting in the deaths of nearly 400 Chippewa from cold. 1854 La Pointe Treaty Established reservations at Bad River, Red Cliff, Lac Courte Oreilles, and Lac du Flambeau to insure against further removal attempts.

We started for home. It was a very nice morning. This was on Oct 25 1865. From the mission we had to go down the river five miles before we got out to the Lake Superior. When we got to the mouth of the river we could not get out. It had been blowing from the north east. It was big seas. We went a shore and stayed untill noon. The sea went down a good deal in four hours time. My husband was not willing to stay any longer on this beautifull sand beach. I enjoyed it very much on this great sand beach.

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