By Eliza Morrison

Written in 1894 and lately recovered from the data of the college of Minnesota, this great autobiography tells the tale of a Chippewa–Scots French lady from Madeline Island in Lake improved. the kid and grandchild of fur investors, Eliza Morrison tells of a tough and gorgeous existence carved out of the wilderness—the “starving time” along with her husband John on a dwelling house in northern Wisconsin; her travels via boat, puppy sled, and taking walks; 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 mixed with homesteading tales in actual mixed-blood style, giving a 19th-century woman’s view of the Wisconsin loss of life 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 kinfolk. additionally integrated is a word list of Chippewa phrases.

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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. The Morrisons’ childhood society had been an old and accepting one, which may be one reason Mrs. 8 Even the name of the island was a result of the marriage between a mixed-race trader, Michel Cadotte, and Equaysayway, a chief ’s daughter, who was given the name Madeline at her baptism.

The next morning we all went to the sugar camp a little way from Mr Leihys house where we made sugar side by side when mother was living. @ Eliza Morrison @# After dinner my husband set to work, me to with my squaw ax, he not knowing much about the sugar bush work. I was almost boss over him. We worked 4 days chopping and fixing up for spring. On the fifth day we went home. My sister and the girls come quite a piece with us. We came to the old chief house. We of course have to stop there. Some of them was standing out doors looking at us coming.

When he came in I told him that I had done my part. “Now you ask my father and it will be all right. ” He went out and commenced to husk corn. And he husked corn 2 days before he dared to ask pa what his intention was. At last he got brave and asked him. For me of course it was all right. The old man told him he could have me. “This is the first time she find a young man that she likes well enough to marry. ” We got ready. @ A Little History of My Forest Life @# Iron River November 10 1894 Dear Mrs Gray I am sending you some more.

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