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[Pullach] Dance

[Purpose] 15 Dancers

Bear [Robes] of deerskin

Deer Marmot


Wild Sheep [spin] [their] [Faulasti] head gear painted red

Dear Brothers, this is the way we used to dance we liked to do it we always did it but now we are not [blind]. The good [Lord] has taken pity on us & [sent] his son Jesus Christ to tell us what to do, we dance now only to [show] you how blind we were to like to dance in this way.

A fine wild barbaric scene the acting of the animals perfect.

[Hie-er] ah-ah beating time with [carved] sticks & drums & hand clapping while the chief dancer jerks his head [scutters] [down] as blessings on all.

Dear Brothers & sisters he [says] this is the way we used to dance we do not wish to do so any [more] [therefore] we will give them away though we value them very highly. I am highly [honored] to see so [many] whit brothers.

Many explanatory speeches from [Shakes] [in] [gave] dignity [ending] by declaring, Dear Brothers & Sisters I give you my heart.

We will in the dark we learn of the right [way] now.

Date Original



Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 15.5 cm.

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