SONG OF THE DAH-KO-TAHS
Wah-pa-sha! good and great brave,
You rode into battle, made enemies slaves;
Your war-chief was strong in spirit and frame,
And many the scalps he hung on his chain.
Your "Red Cap" was known in the East and the West;
You honored the English, and hoped to be blessed;
You clothed your red children in scarlet and blue;
You ever were kind, devoted and true.
The skins of your Te-pee were brought from the plains;
Your moccasins dressed with Chippewa* brains,
Your war-whoop saluted by British real** shot,
Gave peacefullest token they harmed you not.
Then rest thee, brave chieftain, our night has come on,
The light has departed from all thou hadst won;
Thy people lie scattered on hillside and plain;
Thy corn-fields, thy prairie, we cannot regain.
* The brains of animals are used in dressing deer skins.
** A stipulation at Mackinaw required a salute to Wah-pa-sha of solid shot when he visited that fort.