Monday, January 24, 2011

  (If new to this blog, scroll down to Chapter One)

                                  Chapter Four

     Kinniconick’s Indian Name

The Shawnee  had always called the stream Conoconoque.   Today, we call it Kinniconick, or Kinney, and those of us who love the creek also love its name.  

                      Indian Names
               By Lydia Sigourney

             YE shall say they all have passed away,
That noble race and brave,
That their light canoes have vanish'd
From off the crested wave.
That 'mid the forests where they roam'd
There rings no hunter's shout;
But their name is on your waters,
Ye may not wash it out.
'Tis where Ontario's billow
Like Ocean's surge is curled;
Where strong Niagara's thunders wake
The echo of the world;
Where red Missouri bringeth
Rich tributes from the west,
And Rappahannock sweetly sleeps
On green Virginia's breast.
Ye say, their cone-like cabins,
That cluster'd o'er the vale,
Have fled away like wither'd leaves
Before the autumn gale:
But their memory liveth on your hills,
Their baptism on your shore;
Your everlasting rivers speak
Their dialect of yore.
Old Massachusetts wears it
Within her lordly crown,
And broad Ohio bears it
'mid all her young renown;
Connecticut hath wreathed it
Where her quiet foliage waves,
And bold Kentucky breathed it hoarse
Through all her ancient caves.
Wachuset hides its lingering voice
Within its rocky heart,
And Alleghany graves its tone
Throughout his lofty chart:
Monadnock on his forehead hoar
Doth seal the sacred trust;
Your mountains build their monument,
Though ye destroy their dust.

N. C. Wyeth best portrayed the Native Americans who once fished in the virgin waters of rivers, creeks and lakes.  Here are three more of his master works.


1 comment:

  1. Oh, I absolutely love N.C. Wyeth! The poem is lovely, too. By the way, I'm featuring your blog on my new blog post.