BLACK HAWK is the name of a little Indain boy who lives in the far west. Many years ago, when Columbus came to America, the Indians owned all of this beautiful country. But the white people have driven them farther and farther west.
Black Hawk's father is an Indian chief, and a brave warrior.
This little boy has long, straight black hair and a dark reddish-brown skin. He does not live in a house, as you and I do; but his home is made of branches of trees crossed at the top to make a framework for the skins that are wrapped around them.
This house or tent made of skins is called a wigwam.
Black Hawk's father does not have a stove in his wigwam in winter, but builds a fire of sticks on the ground in the tent. An opening is left at the top to let out the smoke.
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Publication information: Book title: All the Year Round:A Nature Reader. Volume: 2. Contributors: Frances L. Strong - Author. Publisher: Ginn & Company. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1896. Page number: 81.