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INDIANS WHO INHABITED TORONTO

 

The Mississagas had many feasts and festivals, especially in the old heathen days: the dog-feast, the deer, salmon, sturgeon, wild goose and sacred bear-oil feasts, etc. Some of the legends of the Mississagas have been recorded by Dr. A. F. Chamberlain, who has likewise studied their language. An interesting story is told of a Mississaga woman of the Credit, who had been to the city of Toronto to sell baskets. She returned by train. It was her first experience of railway travel, and, on getting off, she threw herself flat on the ground, declaring that she was " waiting for her soul to come." Mrs. Moodie, in her " Roughing it in the Bush," has some interesting anecdotes about the Mississagas of the region about Peter-borough, Ont. Archaeological specimens from all parts of the country inhabited by the Mississagas are to be found in the Provincial Archaeological Museum, some from the site of the city of Toronto itself.

Further information concerning the Mississaga Indians will be found in the following works :

1. Anon. (date 1801-1805). MS., pp. 52, 8vo. French and Indian. In the Public Library of the City of Toronto. Contains some 500 Mississaga words, some 400 phrases and sentences, about a dozen proper names and half-a-dozen short songs. The dialect represented is that of the Mississagas between York and Lake Simcoe. This MS. is important as giving one of the earliest known extensive vocabu-

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