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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 08:37:11 EDT
Winnipeg Tribune March 3, 1893
"A tree was felled by a storm in British Columbia recently, and beneath the
roots were found Japanese cooking utensils and a hammer and club, both
corresponding to such as are used by the Japanese. The rings in the tree show that it
was 300 years old, clearly showing that the Japanese were here, or pointing to
the Siwash Indians as of Japanese origin.
In the far north the Indian totem poles are in some cases of Japanese
workmanship and design, with here and there a Japanese letter, and many are of
Japanese national colours.
A lot of Japanese were brought over to work in one of the Canadian mills and
at the sight of them the Indian said, "Our people."
The late Japanese consul, Sigeumure, with some leading citizens, visited a
great Indian potlatch or feast. So soon as he landed from the ship the Indians
were heard to remark, "He is one of us." The imitative faculty among these
Indians is clearly Mongolian and their skill in carving leads to the same
The Indians of the interior have nothing in common with those of the coast.
They lack the small feet, almond eyes, coarse heavy, black hair, short stature,
and timidity that mark the coast Indians as coming from Japan."