by trying to follow it, and uttering a low grunt something like a hog. They killed it by passing a knife into its heart while it stood on its feet, then laid it on its side. In the meantime one of the women had got ready a tin cupful of water from the stream and a branch of dwarf willow about a foot long with the leaves on it, which she placed under the dead animal’s head. Then she threw four or five handfuls of the blood from its side to the southward over the grass, making me get out of the way, as if this were the only direction proper. Then she poured water on its mouth and on its tail and on the wound, which was just back of the shoulder. This ceremony while being performed, all were very serious looking. But as soon as completed, they began to skin it and laugh and chat as
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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