Sunday, April 19, 2015

Seneca Iroquois Legend of "Skeletons of Supernatural Size" Beneath Burial Mounds

Seneca Iroquois Legend of "Skeletons of Supernatural Size" Beneath Burial Mounds



    A Seneca of giant proportions having wandered west to the Mississippi, and from thence east again to the sea-coast, about the period of the colonization of the country, received a gun from a vessel, together with some ammunition, and an explanation of its use. Having returned to the Senecas at Ga-nun-da-sa-ga, be exhibited to them the wonderful implement of destruction, the first they had ever seen, and taught them how to use it. Soon after, from some mysterious cause, he was found dead; and this mound was raised over him on the place where he lay. It is averred by the Indians that if the mound should be opened, a skeleton of supernatural size would be found beneath it.”