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them up in his hall. That seems to be the chief
difference between barbarism and civilization in this respect.
The Indians made their dresses of the skins of
animals that they had killed ; and the fiercer and
more furious the beast that furnished the material,
the more distinguished and glorious was the attire.
There were many parts of the bodies of these
animals that were used in this way. Skins were
made into quivers, moccasin, leggins and robes.
Horns were used in head-dresses; bones were
worked into beads and ornaments of every kind;
and long hair, dyed of various colors, was formed
into fringes to decorate the borders of garments
There was a particular species of eagle called the war-eagle,
on account of his strength and fierce-
ness, whose feathers were prized above, all others
for purposes of dress and decoration.
From this practice of taking the skin, the horns,
the hair, or the feathers of animals slain in the
chase as trophies to be used as articles of dressor
ornament, it is but a single step to that of preserv-
ing a portion of the long hair of an enemy slain in
battle for the same purpose ;' and when the man
was dead there was no special cruelty in taking a
portion of the skin with the hair. Not that we are
to suppose that the Indians could have any feeling