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Canoe Country by Florence Page Jacques

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Now he is sitting on the very tip of a dead cedar bough, eating a prune seed, and only glancing at me fleetingly over his minute shoulder. Sublimely preoccupied! 48 Thursday, September ist We were marooned yesterday on a sand beach. We went to see some more painted rocks, even more interesting than the first cliff, with moose and men in war canoes and the prints of many hands, all in bright red. These paintings make the primitive red man seem startlingly alive, much more so than seeing modern Indian culture ever has.

Those figures made a deep impression. 40 I looked back to those primordial ages, with the sundered stone around me — the stone that is the most ancient thing that we can see or touch in our world. The vastness of this shield and its antiquity was overwhelming me, when the chee-ing of the warblers made me turn back to them. Their evanescent yellow feathers flitted as gaily as ever through the cobweb green. I picked up my firewood and went home. We had our supper on the rocks by the water, with impulsive chipmunks crowding us.

Paul, going out. They offered to take our mail, so the two canoes clung together for a while, in mid-lake, while Lee talked to the boys about their experiences and I scribbled an enthusiastic letter to the family. 37 Then at noon, as we passed a low island with a camp on it, we saw a lone man dancing and leaping and shouting wildly. He wasn't in pain, nor were his shouts ecstasy; they were just yells. In the twilight this would have been quite eerie; even at noon it was grotesque enough — that tousled figure, leaping in the sun.

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