The Journey to the Polar Sea, by John Franklin















































































































 -  This small tribe
still retains the peculiarities of customs and dress for which it was
remarkable many years ago, as - Page 90
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This Small Tribe Still Retains The Peculiarities Of Customs And Dress For Which It Was Remarkable Many Years Ago, As Mentioned By Mr. Henry In The Interesting Account Of His Journeys In These Countries.

They are said to be great rascals.

The great body of the Crees were at that time named Opimmitish Ininiwuc, or Men of the Woods. It would however be an endless task to attempt to determine the precise people designated by the early French writers. Every small band naming itself from its hunting grounds was described as a different nation. The Chippeways who frequented the Lake of the Woods were named from a particular act of pillage Pilliers, or Robbers: and the name Saulteurs, applied to a principal band that frequented the Sault St. Marie, has been by degrees extended to the whole tribe. It is frequently pronounced and written Sotoos.)

The original character of the Crees must have been much modified by their long intercourse with Europeans; hence it is to be understood that we confine ourselves in the following sketch to their present condition, and more particularly to the Crees of Cumberland House. The moral character of a hunter is acted upon by the nature of the land he inhabits, the abundance or scarcity of food, and we may add, in the present case, his means of access to spiritous liquors. In a country so various in these respects as that inhabited by the Crees the causes alluded to must operate strongly in producing a considerable difference of character amongst the various hordes.

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