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The papoose
Vol. I. No. 2. (January, 1903)

The Chilthcat blanket,   pp. 20-22


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as to the great extent and harmfulness of so-called Paganism
among the North American Indians, but cannot but admire
his brilliant way of treating his subject.
Mrs. Fletcher of California, Mrs. H. N. Wheeler of
Cambridge, Mass., Mrs. M. E. Frye of Maine, Mrs. Sara
T. Kinney of Connecticut, Mrs. Hamilton S. Gordon of New
York, Mrs. Cole of Arizona, Mrs. Edward Wooster of
Pennsylvania and Mrs. John Ellis of Louisiana made short
addresses showing unity of action in all sections looking
toward the betterment of the Indians' condition.
Mr. J. W. Benham, manager of the Hyde Exploring
Expedition, related some personal experiences in combining
philanthropic work with business. He gave as his opinion
that Indians should be given something to do, and they will
do it.  Given the way to self-support, education and
Christianity will follow closely.
The handling of this great work is yet chaotic, but the
meeting together of all those interested in the elevation and
upbuilding of a long down trodden race is surely making
plain the best way and with unity of action another year will
see a wonderful advance in the right direction. A federation
of Indian societies would do much to aid and assist in this
great cause. Singly and alone the Six Nations of the Iroquois
were powerless to combat their enemies. As a federation
they swept all before them. Cannot we learn a lesson in
power from those we are striving to assist ?
The Chilthcat Blanket
An Indian Legend
Colonist, Victoria, B. C., Sept. 28, 1902
HE following interesting account of an Indian
legend is furnished by Mr. F. Landsberg, of
Victoria, B. C.
k        Many generations ago there lived a very
beautiful woman, named Tsihooskwallaam,
who had chosen to live far away from her
tribespeople in the mountain wilderness of the
great Chilthcat country.
Tsihooskwallaam had many admirers among her own
tribespeople, who would have married her, but Tsihoosk-
wallaam preferred to live a secluded life from her own
tribespeople.
She selected as a place to live in an unknown lake far
away from the haunts of men, believing that her people


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