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Constitution of the Indian Mind

American History, Volume I: Aboriginal America (New York: Sheldon, 1860)


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CHAPTER IX.

CONSTITUTION AND CHARACTER OF THE INDIAN MIND. ADAPTATIONS OBSERVED IN THE FORMS OF ANIMAL LIFE.

In stocking the earth with its living inhabitants the Creator has adapted the form and the physical constitution of the animals of each several species to the character of the locality which they are intended to inhabit, and to the mode of life they are to lead. In other words, every being is endowed with powers and qualities suited to the functions which he is designed to fulfill.

Thus the giraffe, being appointed to feed on the leaves of trees, is provided with long legs and a long neck, in order to enable him to reach his food and the chamois, having to obtain his sustennance from grass growing in the clefts of the rocks and on steep declivities, has hoofs fitted expressly to facilitate climbing, and muscles to enable to lift himself up to any shelf among the rocks that he can reach, or to let himself drop down a descent where any other animal would be killed. Birds



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