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6   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

help each other, and thus became so strong that they were a terror to all within their reach.

Mode of   Hunting and fighting were the chief em-

L ife. ployments of the men, and all hard and heavy work was left to the women. Moat of the Indians lived entirely on fish, wild creatures, and the fruit that

they could gather in

the woods; but a '~ <.~y t   ■   few grew Indian

corn and kept pigs.

Some tribes lived in

pointed tents covered

2.1'

with skin. Others

built long bark

houses, large enough to shelter ten or twelve families at once. They did not understand how to make iron tools, but used clumsy stone hatchets and shell knives. With such tools it was difficult to work in wood, but some tribes made beautiful canoes and other articles of bark, whilst others made rough boats of great tree-trunks, hol

lowed out by burning. The women

of some of the tribes wove mats of rushes, spun twine from hemp, and made bowls and pots of clay.

The warriors, as well as Dress. the women, generally allowed their hair to grow long, plaiting it in many little tails, or dressing it in some still odder fashion. In winter they wore leggings

and short loose dresses of deerskin, INDIAN FISH-HOOKS, and robes of beautiful fur. In war-

time the men decked their heads with feathers and painted their faces and bodies in strange patterns. Both men and women adorned themselves with beads,

INDIAN HOUSE.

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