Monday, February 29, 2016

Chief Joseph Brant Claims Ohio Mounds Built by a "long gone by, there came white men from a foreign country"

Chief Joseph Brant Claims Ohio Mounds Built by a  "long gone by, there came white men from a foreign country"




Life of Joseph Brant -Thayendanega
Includes the Wars of the American Revolution by William L. Stone , 1838
Among other things relating to the western country" says Mr. Woodruff, " I was curious to learn in the course of my conversation with Captain Brant, what information  he could give respecting the tumuli which are found on and near the margin of the rivers and lakes from the St. Lawrence to the Mississippi. He stated, in reply, that the subject had long been agitated, but yet remained in some obscurity. "A tradition, he said prevailed among the different nations of Indians throughout that whole extensive range of country, and had been handed down through time immemorial, that in an age long gone by, there came white men from a foreign country, and by consent of the Indians established trading houses and settlements where these tumuli are found".

The expulsion of the giant race from lands that contained the numerous large burial mounds and earthworks seems to have been source of fear to the Natives, who never inhabited these lands. Historic Native Americans were not known to have lived in either West Virginia or Kentucky. Ken-Tuck-e was translated as the “River of Blood,” and the Kanawha River was called by the Shawnee, the The River of Evil Spirits.”