Monday, August 8, 2011

Chippewa Indian Legends say the Ancient Copper was Mined by White Race

                                                                     Early photo of a Chippewa

Prehistoric Copper Mining in the Lake Superior Region, 1923

       These prehistoric miners left no records that we can translate to tell who they were. Apparently, they did not winter in the region and apparently, too, none but the hardy and strong made the trip. No Graves have been found which can be definitely ascribed to them. They made no drawings, no carvings, and left nothing in the way of mounds, ceremonials or otherwise, to indicate their lineage. The pits and the tools are all and they are not enough.
        Father Allouez said that the Indian legends contained no reference to mining or the miners. In fact, the Indians did not know where the mines were. A report of a Chippewa legend says that the old one states that their forefathers, drove out a white race who might have been the miners.