John Muir


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A loon flew past as we lingered, screaming and making the solitary place more impressively solitary by his intensely lonely wild laugh. 2 species of birds were calling excitedly about their nests. These and the low swash of the waves along the dulsey beach and the wind in the woods were the only sounds. In front of many of the old houses there are tall carvings, some of them over 3 feet in diameter and 25 or 30 feet high, monuments of an historical character, meant to keep the dead with their history and character in mind. A small cavity is usually found at the base of each containing the charred bones and the ashes of the dead. Frequently these contain several boxes like a family vault. Some of these monuments are tall posts smoothly rounded and with a plain figure about life size on top, always in a {Sketch: totem pole}

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13.5 cm.

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