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In the quest for wealth and status, it is clear that men were very dependent on their wives, who did most of the craft work. Although hunters killed bison in great numbers with relative ease, and therefore supplies of the most commonly used raw materials were readily available, making these materials into domestic articles was another matter. A hunter needed a wife, preferably more than one, and daughters for this work. Not surprisingly, the improved hunting that resulted from the acquisition of horses and guns was one factor that encouraged an increase in the number of polygamous marriages and the number of wives a man could have.

Each Manito has a separate command and care, as one has the Bison, another the Deer.... On this account the Indians, as much as possible, neither say, nor do anything to offend them, and the religious hunter, at the death of each animal, says, or does something, as thanks to the Manito of the species for being permitted to kill it. Religion was a highly personal affair, but individuals who were thought to have special powers to commune with the spirit world became shamans. One important ceremonial rite that these visionaries performed among the Algonquian was that of the shaking-tent, in which the shaman conversed with the spirit world in a lodge specially constructed for the purpose.

The people tended to follow natural leaders. Usually, the headman of a winter band was a superior hunter, married, and a WHEN Two WORLDS MET 21 Here the Indian is presented as a menacing savage armed with a traditional war club, a trade axe, and a musket. More puzzling are the undersized snowshoes the traveller is wearing with his summer dress. Iroquois allant a la decouverte: etching by J. Laroque after a drawing by J. Grasset de St. Sauveur (Paris: 1796). skilled orator. The headman of the summer band was generally the most respected individual from among the leaders of the smaller winter bands.

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