The Seminole Indians of Florida

Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1883-84

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Author: Clay MacCauley
Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,337 / 80 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.4
LoC Category: GF
Downloads: 1,371
Added to site: 2006.09.02
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essive of the man's sense of having extraordinary ability to endure and to achieve. Two of the warriors permitted me to manipulate the muscles of their bodies. Under my touch these were more like rubber than flesh. Noticeable among all are the large calves of their legs, the size of the tendons of their lower limbs, and the strength of their toes. I attribute this exceptional development to the fact that they are not what we would call "horse Indians" and that they hunt barefoot over their wide domain. The same causes, perhaps, account for the only real deformity I noticed in the Seminole physique, namely, the diminutive toe-nails, and for the heavy, cracked, and seamed skin which covers the soles of their feet. The feet being otherwise well formed, the toes have only narrow shells for nails, these lying sunken across the middles of the tough cushions of flesh, which, protuberant about them, form the toe-tips. But, regarded as a whole, in their physique the Seminole warriors, especially the men of the Tiger a

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