The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1 Page: 52 of 330
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temple is naked; there is an altar in the
middle, and at the foot of the altar three
logs of wood are placed on end, and a fire
is kept up day and night by two old priests
(jongleurs), who are the directors (maitres)
of their worship. These old men
showed me a small cabinet within the wall,
made of mats of cane. Desiring to see what
was inside, the old men prevented me, giving
me to understand that their God was
there. But I have since learnt that it is the
place where they keep their treasure, such
as fine pearls which they fish up in the
neighborhood, and European merchandise.
At the last quarter of the moon all the
cabins make an offering of a dish of the
best food they have, which is placed at the
door of the temple. The old men take care
to carry it away, and to make a good feast
of it with their families. Every spring they
make a clearing, which they name "the field
of the spirit," when all the men work to the
sound of the tambour. In the autumn the
Indian corn is harvested with much ceremony,
and stored in magazines until the
moon of June in the following year, when
all the village assemble, and invite their
neighbors to eat it. They do not leave the
ground until they have eaten it all, making
great rejoicings the whole time. This is all
Here’s what’s next.
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 1, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6104/m1/52/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.