John Muir


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59 Kingfisher wears a white collar. He laughed heartily at my imitation of the Ouzels song I called him a Modoc wh [which] he rathered seemed to like although they are enemies of their tribe. When some one tried to startle him by aiming a weapon at him he said [drawing] himself up. Me no fraid Modoc no fraid Mood doc [bohama] [wintoran ]. For ten [cents] he danced & sang whirling in great glee & at times apparently carried away with his own music. Most of the best notes seemed to have been derived from the river & the wind. He went with me to the river bank & showed me

60 plants good to eat. The inside of the long leaf pitioles of the saxifragas he ate for my instruction peeling it with his teeth ala squirrel. He also showed me how the brown shiny stems of the maidenhair fern were used in basket making. Woven in with the willow for the beauty of their shining stems wh [which] shows that they are not exempt from the [rays ] of beauty wh flow so freely here. Their arrows show the same thing They eat acorn mush with [fingers] & are fond of it even when supplied with the white mans bread

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