National Geographic : 1937 Nov
Photograph by Clifton Adams A VANISHING AMERICAN-THE CIGAR-STORE INDIAN A veteran of some fourscore years is this figure at Danbury, Connecticut, whose long life may be attributed to regular doses of linseed oil, taken internally to prevent the wood from cracking. Though incorrectly garbed, such statues were appropriate, for tobacco was an Indian contribution to modern life. From North America it spread around the world and back again when, late in the 18th century, Russians from Siberia taught the Eskimos to smoke. Photograph byJohn W.Weber BLACK HAWK STILL GUARDS HIS TRIBAL HUNTING GROUNDS Near Oregon, Illinois, this colossal statue byLorado Taft gazes out over the Rock River, where the sternold Indian warrior roamed with hisSauk and Fox tribesmen more than a century ago. Feeling that hispeople had been robbed of their lands, he tookthe warpath against theAmerican settlers (page 545). He won a victory nearhere in1832, when heand 40braves stampeded 275 Illinois militiamen under Major Stillman.