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About the Tribe
I took a Vocabulary of the Suoux Language, and the Answer to a few queries such as referred to their Situation, Trade, Number, War, &c. &c. This Nation is Divided into 20 Tribes, possessing Seperate interests. Collectively they are noumerous say from 2 to 3000 men, their interests are so unconnected that Some bands are at war with Nations [with] which other bands are on the most friendly terms. This Great Nation who the French has given the Nickname of Suouex, Call themselves Dar co tar [Dakota — Ed.] their language is not peculiarly their own, they Speak a great number of words, which is the Same in every respect with the Maha, Poncarer, Osarge & Kanzas. which clearly proves that those nations at some period not more that a century or two past are of the Same nation. Those Dar ca ter's or Suoux inhabit or rove over the Countrey on the Red river of Lake Winipeck, S! Peters & the West of the Missi[ss]-ippie, above Prarie De Cheen (Prairie de Chien) heads of River Demoin, and the Mis- souri and its waters on the N. Side for a great extent, they are only at peace with 8 nations, & agreeable to their Calcula- tion at War with twenty odd. Their trade coms from the British, except this Band and one on Demoin who trade with the Traders of S' Louis.
They furnish Beaver, Martin, Loups,( Wolves) Pekon, [pichou) Bear & Deer Skins, and have about 40 Traders among them. The Dar co tar or Suouez rove & follow the Buffalow, raise no corn or any thing else the woods & praries affording a sufficiency, they eat Meat, and Substitute the Ground potato which grow in the Plains for bread.
Importance of Animal Products
The Dar co tar or Suouez rove & follow the Buffalow, raise no corn or any thing else the woods & praries affording a sufficiency, they eat Meat, and Substitute the Ground potato which grow in the Plains for bread.