By Eliza Morrison
Written in 1894 and lately recovered from the files of the collage of Minnesota, this brilliant autobiography tells the tale of a ChippewaScots French lady from Madeline Island in Lake stronger. the kid and grandchild of fur investors, Eliza Morrison tells of a tough and lovely lifestyles carved out of the wildernessthe starving time” together with her husband John on a dwelling house in northern Wisconsin; her travels through boat, puppy sled, and strolling; and the enjoyment of creating maple syrup within the spring. Generously illustrated with images, drawings, and maps, Métis tradition comes alive as local American lore and historical past are combined with homesteading tales in actual mixed-blood type, 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 relations. additionally integrated is a thesaurus of Chippewa phrases.
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Extra info for A Little History of My Forest Life: An Indian-White Autobiography
3rd. I was raised there on the Island. I speak of not where the American Fur Company had the fort, but one half mile south of that, where they called Middle Fort where my father must have bought some land when I was a little girl, where we lived, and there was a Presbyterian mission near by where I went to school, and my sisters and brothers. I did not go to school long, only long enough to learn to read and write. Soon after that my sister got married and I had to stay home and do the work. My mother became sickly.
My mothers name is Frances Morrin. As near as I can find out her father came from France and my father came from Scotland. When he was a boy, to Canada, to Montreal, where he must have met some of the American Fur Company men and hired out to where they were trading with the Indians, where he must first seen my mother. My mother is been married twice. I have one half brother and two half sisters. In the last marriage of my mother with my father there was three of us, one man older than me and one younger than me.
Generally, the richer and more powerful whites returned east alone, leaving their mixed-race descendants behind. If a child grew up at a trading post, as both John Morrison and his father apparently did, he would have thought of himself as métis; if he were raised in an Indian band, he would be Indian. Many considered themselves both. The result was the métis world where John Morrison and Eliza Morrin had both grown up, a world where most people spoke at least two languages fluently, fortunes made in the fur trade rather than one’s race determined status, and women assumed an egalitarian position in their marriages and their communities unheard of in the United States again until the late twentieth century.
A Little History of My Forest Life: An Indian-White Autobiography by Eliza Morrison