57 berries after withering & berry rained on they are not so black or so ingrained with scattered dirt particles buried in the skin like the diggers. Yet these Inds. will not compare with the [ ] chip [Winnebagoes] Sioux Commanches etc Besides the food named above bear are [abund] & are often killed when they come to this river to get the dead fish in the fall. The black tailed deer is also abundant & their hides are tanned with the hair left on wh [which] make robes wh are almost the only covering
58 either by night or day. The women tattoe their faces in a hideous way the custom is said to be dying out. The women are not repulsive until old when they shrivel into pitiable & repulsive hags wh [which] make ones blood curdle. They take great pride in making good bows & arrows the former of [ ] They like other Cala [California] Inds are great dancers & often become very much excited. Charley a young McCloud is very bright & knows the names of all the birds & squirrels & plants. He says the
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
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