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Preface
Nine Principles
Spartans of the West
Indian's Creed
Reverence

Birch Bark Roll
Book of Woodcraft

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This book is really the eleventh edition of the "Birch-Bark Roll," which I have published yearly and expanded yearly since 1902. 

by Ernest Thompson Seton

[Only a very few of the writings from The Book of Woodcraft are provided here, chiefly those dealing with the "Indian Ideal" and a few other topics not included in the 21st Edition of The Birch Bark Roll, which appears on The Inquiry Net in its entirety.  I hope to include more of these missing topics in the future, and will be glad to work first on any areas where there is interest.  If you are interested in a topic below that you can't find in The Birch Bark Roll, please Email me using the address at the bottom of this page].

CONTENTS

bulletPreface 

Table of the Seventeen Sections:

bulletI. PRINCIPLES OF SCOUTING
bulletNine Important Principles Recreation .
bulletCamp-life
bulletSelf-government, with Adult Guidance 
bullet The Magic of the Campfire 
bullet Woodcraft Pursuits 
bullet Honors by Standards 
bullet Personal Decoration for Personal Achievements 
bullet A Heroic Ideal 
bullet Picturesqueness in Everything
bulletThe Ideal 
bulletII. THE SPARTANS OF THE WEST
bulletThe Indian Way 
bullet The Indian's Creed 
bullet The Dark Side 
bullet The Bright Side 
bullet Reverence 
bullet Cleanliness 
bullet Chastity
bulletBravery
bulletThrift and Providence 
bullet Cheerfulness or the Merry Indian
bulletObedience 
bullet Kindness 
bullet Hospitality 
bullet Treatment of Their Women 
bulletCourtesy and Polite Behavior 
bulletHonesty 
bulletTruthfulness and Honor
bulletTemperance and Sobriety
bulletPhysique
bullet In General 
bullet Summary
bulletStandard Indian Books
bulletIII. THE PURPOSE AND LAWS OF THE WOODCRAFT INDIANS
bulletThe Redman's Way
bulletWatchword 
bulletTotem 
bulletWar-cry
bulletSign 
bulletThe Laws
bulletThe Rulers of the Nation .
bulletThe Great Council 
bullet The High Council of Guidance 
bullet The Medicine Lodge or Lodge of the Old Guides
bulletThe Initiation of a Brave
bulletThe Little Lodge
bulletThe Big Lodge 
bulletThe Laws for the Ruling of the Tribe
bullet1. Name 
bullet2. Purpose
bullet3. Who May Enter .
bullet4. Councils
bullet5. The Rulers of the Tribe 
bullet The Vow of the Head Chief 
bullet The Vow of Each Brave
bullet6. Changes of the Law .
bullet7. Dues 
bullet 8. Secret 
bullet9. Laws and Punishments
bulletThe Band or Clan 
bullet Costumes
bulletTitles of Nobles
bulletBadges of Rank
bulletThe Standard 
bullet Totems
bulletOrder of Doings in Council
bulletHow to Begin
bulletThe Tally Book and How to Keep It 
bulletFor Example
bulletThe Indian Laws in Brief
bulletThe War-cry of the Band
bulletIV. HONORS AND DEGREES AND INDIAN NAMES:
bulletHONORS
bulletDecorations for Individual Honors
bulletDecorations for Group Honors or Degrees 
bulletStandards of Honors
bulletRed Honors: 
bullet Heroism
bulletRiding 
bullet General Athletics 
bullet Athletic Specialties
bulletWater Sports and Travel
bulletMountain Climbing
bulletTarget Shooting 
bullet Eyesight
bulletBig-game Hunting
bulletWhite Honors:
bulletCampercraft and Scouting 
bullet Archery
bullet Long Range Clout, or Flight Shooting
bulletFishing 
bulletBait Casting
bulletBlue Honors:
bulletNature Study - Vertebrates
bulletNature Study - Lower Forms of Life
bulletGeology, etc 
bulletPhotography 
bulletTHE DEGREES IN WOODCRAFT 
bullet Athlete (Song-adis)
bulletCamper (Gabeshiked) 
bullet Camp Cook (Chabakwed)
bulletCamp Craftsman (Enokid) 
bullet Camp Doctor (Mashkiki)
bulletCanoeman (Chemaunigan) 
bullet Fisherman (Gagoiked) 
bullet Forester (Mitigwakid) 
bullet Frontier Scout (Gimab)
bulletGleeman or Camp Conjurer (Nagamed)
bulletHerald or Crier (Bibaged)
bulletHorseman (Bebamomlgod)
bulletHunter (Gaossed)
bulletMountaineer (Wadjiwed)
bulletPathfinder or Scout (Mikan)
bulletScout Runner (Ree-mo-sah'-bee)
bulletSharpshooter (Godaakwed)
bulletStar Wiseman (Gijiged)
bulletSwimmer (Shingebis)
bulletTraveler (Bebamadisid)
bulletVillage Scout or Big Village Scout (Odenawinini)
bulletWhiteman's Woodcraft (Dibaakid)
bulletWise Woodman (Nibwaka-winini)
bulletWinning a Name
bulletIndian Names that Have Been Won by Scouts
bulletEnglish Names that Have Been Given
bulletIndian Names Given in Ridicule
bulletEnglish Names Given in Ridicule
bulletNames Given to Women
bulletV. WOODLAND SONGS, DANCES, AND CEREMONIES
bulletOmaha Tribal Prayer
bulletSitting Bull's War Song
bulletThe Ghost Dance Song
bulletThe Peace Pipe Ceremony
bulletThe Scalp Dance
bulletBird Dance Song
bulletThe Mujje Mukesin
bulletThe Lament
bulletThe Caribou Dance
bulletThe Dance of the White Caribou
bulletThe Dog Dance
bulletThe Ojibwa Snake Dance
bulletThe Hunting of Mishi-Mokwa
bulletIndian Song Books
bulletThe Weasel in the Wood
bulletLe Furet
bulletRouser or Reveille
bulletVI. SUGGESTED PROGRAMS 
bullet A Series of Monthly Programs
bulletSuggestions for Evenings
bulletAnimal Story Books for Evenings
bulletIndoor or Winter Activities
bulletHandicraft
bulletGames 
bullet Studies
bulletSongs
bulletDances
bulletRobe Contest 
bullet Suggested Camp Routine
bulletGood Program of an Entertainment at a Council
bulletIndoor Competition for a Prize
bulletOne-day Hikes
bulletVII. GENERAL SCOUTING INDOORS 
bullet Handicraft Stunts 
bullet Fork and Spoon 
bullet Needle Case 
bullet Tackle Box 
bullet Peach Stone Basket 
bullet Turkey Call
bulletChicken Squawk 
bullet Picture Frames 
bullet Birch-bark Vessels
bulletSouvenir Spoons 
bullet Knots
bulletFireside Trick 
bullet The Lone Star Trick 
bullet Bird Boxes or Houses 
bullet How to Raise Some Money
bulletVII. GENERAL SCOUTING OUTDOORS
bullet Rubbing-stick Fire 
bulletHiking in the Snow
bulletWeather Wisdom 
bullet Outdoor Proverbs
bulletThe Stars
bulletThe Pleiades as a Test of Eyesight
bulletThe Twin Stars
bulletThe Planets
bulletThe Moon
bulletMaking a Dam
bulletWhen Lost in the Woods 
bullet Indian Tweezers 
bullet A Home-made Compass 
bullet An Indian Clock, Shadow Clock or Sundial 
bullet Lights
bulletHunter's Lamp 
bullet Woodman's Lantern 
bullet Camp Loom and Grass Mats
bulletNavaho Loom 
bullet Camp Rake 
bullet Camp Broom
bulletBuilding a Boat
bulletA Dugout Canoe
bulletCamp Horn 
bullet Sleep Outdoors
bulletThe Gee-string Camp
bulletIX. SIGNALING AND INDIAN SIGNS 
bullet Sign Language 
bulletPicture-writing 
bullet Blazes and Indian Signs 
bullet Blazes 
bullet Stone Signs 
bullet Grass and Twig Signs 
bullet Smoke Signals 
bulletSignal by Shots
bulletSpecial Signs 
bullet Weather Signals
bulletSignals on the Railway 
bullet The Code
bulletColors 
bullet Hand, Flag, and Lamp Signals 
bullet Other Hand Signals
bulletSignals by Engine Whistle 
bullet Air Whistle or Cord-pull
bulletX. CAMPERCRAFT OR THE SUMMER CAMP 
bullet Camping Out 
bullet Outfit for Six (one week)
bulletOutfit for Each Brave 
bullet Tents 
bullet Teepee
bulletThe Camp Ground
bulletLatrine
bulletArriving on the Camp Ground
bulletCamp Officers and Government 
bullet The Dog Soldiers
bulletInspection
bulletThe Horns of the High Hikers 
bulletCouncil-fire Circle 
bulletTotem-pole 
bullet Councils 
bullet Beds 
bullet Water or the Indian Well
bulletMosquitoes, Black Flies, etc
bulletLice and Vermin 
bullet Suggested Camp Routine 
bullet Campfires 
bulletCouncil-fire 
bullet Firearms Camp Cookery 
bulletWar-sack 
bullet Scout Buttons 
bullet Lace or Thong
bulletXI. GAMES FOR THE CAMP 
bullet Interesting Pursuits
bulletTilting Spears 
bullet Tilting in the Water 
bulletTub-Tilting on Land
bulletStill-hunting the Buck, or the Deer Hunt 
bullet The Bear Hunt
bulletSpearing the Great Sturgeon
bulletCanoe Tag 
bullet Scouting
bullet Quicksight
bulletFar-sight or Spot-the-rabbit 
bullet Home Star or Pole Star 
bullet Rabbit Hunt
bulletArrow Fight 
bullet Hostile Spy 
bullet Scout Messenger
bulletChallenge for Scout Messenger 
bullet Tree the Coon
bulletNavajo Feather Dance 
bullet Feather Football or Feather-blow 
bullet Cock-fighting 
bullet One-legged Chicken Fight
bulletStronghand
bulletBadger-pulling
bulletStung, or Step-on-the-rattler 
bullet Buffalo Chips
bulletRat-on-his-lodge
bulletWatching by the Trail 
bullet Trailing 
bullet Apache Relay Race
bulletThe Weasel in the Wood 
bullet Throwing the Spear
bulletWater-boiling Contest 
bullet Medley Scouting
bulletXII. HEALTH AND WOODLAND MEDICINE
bulletFirst Aid: 
bullet To Revive from Drowning
bulletSunstroke 
bullet Burns and Scalds
bulletHemorrhage or Internal Bleeding 
bullet Cuts and Wounds 
bullet Lightning
bulletShock or Nervous Collapse
bulletFainting
bulletMad Dog or Snake Bite
bulletInsect Stings
bulletTests of Death 
bullet Cinders or Sand in the Eye
bulletBooks Recommended
bulletWildwood Remedies or Simples: 
bullet Antiseptic or Wound Wash
bulletBalm for Wounds 
bulletBleeding to Stop
bulletBowel Complaint
bulletBowel Tonic
bulletChills and Fever
bulletCold or Fever Cure
bulletCough Remedy
bulletCough and Irritated Throat 
bullet Cough and Lung Remedy 
bullet Diuretic
bulletFace-ache 
bullet Inflammation of the Eyes or Skin
bulletInk
bulletLung Balm 
bullet Nose-bleed
bulletNose Stopped up at Night
bulletPimples and Skin Rash
bulletPoison Ivy Sting
bulletPurge, Mild
bullet" Strong
bullet " Fierce
bulletRheumatism 
bullet Sores and Wounds 
bullet Sunburn
bulletSweater
bulletTapeworm
bulletThroat Irritation (at night)
bulletTonic
bulletWash for Sore Throat
bulletWorms
bulletWorms and Tonic
bulletWound Wash, (see Antiseptic)
bulletIndian Bath or Sweat Lodge
bulletLatrine
bulletThe Keen Eyes of the Indian
bulletNear-sightedness
bulletThe Remedy
bulletDry Socks
bulletShut Your Mouth and Save Your Life
bulletDon't Turn Out Your Toes Much
bulletTobacco
bulletSex Matters
bulletStarvation Foods in the Northern Woods
bulletRabbits
bulletMice
bulletAnts
bulletInsect Borers
bulletRawhide and Leather
bulletBark and Buds
bulletToadstools
bulletLichens
bulletIceland Moss
bulletReindeer Moss
bulletRock Tripe
bulletDrinks: Labrador Tea
bulletXIII NATURAL HISTORY
bulletOur Common Birds, or Forty Birds that Every Boy Should Know
bulletHow to Stuff a Bird 
bullet Making a Skin
bulletMounting the Bird
bulletOwl-stuffing Plate
bulletStuffing an Animal
bulletPreserving Small Mammal Skins.
bulletDirections for Measurement 
bullet Directions for the Preparation of Skins 
bullet Trapping Animals
bulletThe Secrets of the Trail 
bulletTrailing
bulletHard to Photograph Tracks
bulletNo Two Tracks alike
bulletDog and Cat
bulletWolf 
bullet Rabbits and Hares 
bullet The Newton Jack-rabbit
bulletFox
bulletThe Fox's Hunt 
bullet Closing In
bulletBooks and Articles Recommended
bulletXIV. MUSHROOMS, FUNGI OR TOADSTOOLS
bulletAbundance
bulletDangers
bulletSymptoms of Poisoning 
bullet Remedy
bulletTo Make Spore Prints for Study
bulletPoisonous Toadstools
bulletUnwholesome but Not Deadly Toadstools 
bullet Wholesome Toadstools
bulletUncertain Kinds
bulletCautions for the Inexperienced
bulletMushroom Growing
bulletBooks Recommended.
bulletXV. FORESTRY
bulletFifty Common Forest Trees of Eastern North America
bulletPines
bulletSpruces
bulletCedars
bulletPoplars
bulletWalnuts
bulletBirches
bulletHornbeams
bulletOaks
bulletElms
bulletGums
bulletMaples
bulletBasswoods
bulletAshes
bulletBooks Recommended
bulletXVI. SOME INDIAN WAYS
bulletTeepees
bulletStorm-cap or Bull Boat
bulletPutting up the Teepee
bulletTeepee Life 
bullet Hairy-Wolf's Teepee
bulletArt
bulletIndian Seats
bulletHead Band
bulletWarbonnet or Headdress
bulletIts Meaning
bulletPlenty-Coups
bulletDetails of the Warbonnet
bulletMaking the Warbonnet
bulletIndian Costume
bulletWar-shirt
bulletLeggings 
bullet Moccasins
bulletWar-clubs
bulletPaddles
bulletDrum
bulletPeace Pipe
bulletThe Indian or Willow Bed
bulletIndian Paints
bulletIndian Dyes
bulletNaming the Camp or Keeping the Winter Count
bulletArchery
bulletHow to Make a Bow 
bullet Holding and Drawing
bullet The Warbow of the Penobscots
bulletScalps
bulletIndian Work
bulletXVII. CAMPFIRE STORMS OR GLIMPSES OF INDIAN CHARACTER 
bullet The Teachings of Winnemucca 
bullet The Teachings of Wabash I.
bulletThe Lessons of Lone Chief 
bullet The Teachings of Tshut-che-nau 
bullet Courage or the Trained Scout 
bullet An Indian Prayer
bulletGenesis (Omaha) 
bullet The Quiche's Story of Creation 
bullet Clean Fatherhood
bulletOmaha Proverbs
bulletThe Medicine Man and His Ways 
bullet The Indian Silence
bulletThe Indian Babes in the Woods
bulletThe Story of No-Heart
bulletTecumseh
bulletKanakuk, the Kickapoo Prophet
bulletChief Joseph of the Sahaptin
bulletWhite Calf, Chief of the Blackfeet
bulletWovoka, the Prophet
bulletThe Apache Indian's Case
bulletThe Wiping-out of Nanni-Chaddi
bulletThe Ending of Dull Knife's Band
bulletThe Message of the Indian

Ernest Thompson Seton

 

 

   

 

 


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