Journey In Search Of The Red Indians In Newfoundland By W. E. Cormack














































































































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Another mode of sepulture which we saw here was, where the body of the
deceased had been wrapped in birch - Page 10
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Another Mode Of Sepulture Which We Saw Here Was, Where The Body Of The Deceased Had Been Wrapped In Birch Rind, And With His Property, Placed On A Sort Of Scaffold About Four Feet And A-Half From The Ground.

The scaffold was formed of four posts, about seven feet high, fixed perpendicularly in the ground, to sustain a

Kind of crib, five feet and a-half in length by four in breadth, with a floor made of small squared beams, laid close together horizontally, and on which the body and property rested.

A third mode was, when the body, bent together, and wrapped in birch-rind, was enclosed in a kind of box on the ground. The box was made of small squared posts, laid on each other horizontally, and notched at the corners, to make them meet close; it was about four feet by three, and two and a-half feet deep, and well lined with birch-rind, to exclude the weather from the inside. The body lay on its right side.

A fourth, and the most common mode of burying among these people, has been, to wrap the body in birch-rind, and cover it over with a heap of stones, on the surface of the earth, in some retired spot; sometimes the body, thus wrapped up, is put a foot or two under the surface, and the spot covered with stones; in one place, where the ground was sandy and soft, they appeared to have been buried deeper, and no stones placed over the graves.

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