No one who is at all acquainted with the Indian in his home can deny that we are a polite people.
Our people, though capable of strong and durable feeling, were not demonstrative in their affection at any time, least of all in the presence of guests or strangers.
Every act of his life is, in a very real sense, a religious act.
Our old age was in some respects the happiest period of life.
The American Indian was an individualist in religion as in war. He had neither a national army nor an organized church.
The hospitality of the wigwam is only limited by the institution of war.
That is, we believed, the supreme duty of the parent, who only was permitted to claim in some degree the priestly office and function, since it is his creative and protecting power which alone approaches the solemn function of Deity.
The elements and majestic forces in nature, Lightning, Wind, Water, Fire, and Frost, were regarded with awe as spiritual powers, but always secondary and intermediate in character.
The family was not only the social unit, but also the unit of government.
There were no temples or shrines among us save those of nature.
The clan is nothing more than a larger family, with its patriarchal chief as the natural head, and the union of several clans by intermarriage and voluntary connection constitutes the tribe.
At the age of about eight years, if he is a boy, she turns him over to his father for more Spartan training.
Friendship is held to be the severest test of character.
But to have a friend, and to be true under any and all trials, is the mark of a man!
The Indian was a religious man from his mother's womb.