Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among several tribes of eastern North America, the fire around which the members of the tribe assemble when holding a council.

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Examples

  • As Mackenzie threw him into the snow, he caught a glimpse of the swaying forms before the council-fire, heard the deep basses of the men in rhythmic chant, and knew the Shaman was fanning the anger of his people.

    The Sun of the Wolf

  • "She is worth a price," Neegah complained to the gathering by the council-fire, when the six white men were asleep.

    THE SUNLANDERS

  • But the Onondaga nation, being situated in the middle of the five, and the grand council-fire being held in its chief town, exercised a preponderating influence in these meetings.

    French Pathfinders in North America

  • The place of these was taken by public opinion and tradition, that is, by the ideas handed down from one generation to another and constantly discussed around the camp-fire and the council-fire.

    French Pathfinders in North America

  • If a question of deep interest was before the League for discussion, warriors flocked by hundreds from all sides to the great council-fire in the Onondaga nation.

    French Pathfinders in North America

  • When some of the warriors came and took him away to the council-fire, she followed and pleaded so successfully that he was given up to her, to be her adopted son, in the place of one who had been killed.

    French Pathfinders in North America

  • We shall accompany the shrewd pioneers of France, as they make their joyous entry into Indian villages, eat boiled dog with pretended relish, sit around the council-fire, smoke the Indian's pipe, and end by dancing the war-dance as furiously as the red men.

    French Pathfinders in North America

  • Many seasons ago there lived within the limits of the great council-fire of the Mahas a chief who was renowned for his valour and victories in the field, his wisdom in the council, his dexterity and success in the chase.

    Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian

  • As Swanson caught sight of the council-fire, the stern faces surrounding it, and the grave air of his captors, his guilty heart sank within him, and, trembling in every joint, he was hardly able to totter to the place assigned him.

    Jim Cummings Or, The Great Adams Express Robbery

  • Many seasons ago, there lived within the limits of the great council-fire of the Mahas, a chief who was renowned for his valour and victories in the field, his wisdom in the council, his dexterity and success in the chase.

    Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)

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