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  • n. Plural form of calumet.

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Examples

  • It is all unfortunate, for poor Elihu Burritt will never be persuaded that he is a subject of derision only, instead of admiration; that men pause to regard him as a miracle of conceit and assurance rather than as a prophet; and that his commonplaces about "olive leaves," "calumets,"

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851

  • Then the bearers took up the "calumets" and moved with slow rhythmic steps toward the crying child, singing as they went and swaying the sacred symbols to the measure of this song.

    Indian Story and Song from North America

  • The words of this choral refer to the blessing of peace given to "the fathers" in ancient days, and now brought by the symbolic "calumets" to "the children."

    Indian Story and Song from North America

  • The following choral was sung immediately after the "calumets" had been ceremonially taken from their resting-place, with movements that simulated the eagle rising from its nest.

    Indian Story and Song from North America

  • It was due to the presence of one of these so-called "calumets" in

    Indian Story and Song from North America

  • Different names were given to these peculiar objects by the different tribes; and they were classed by our early travellers with the "calumets," or pipes of peace, although they were not pipes, for they had no bowl and could not be smoked.

    Indian Story and Song from North America

  • The bearers then faced the people, seated on the ground against the wall of the lodge, and with slow rhythmic steps moved around the circle, waving the "calumets" over the heads of the multitude.

    Indian Story and Song from North America

  • The fan-shaped pendant of one of these "calumets" was made of the feathers of the golden eagle.

    Indian Story and Song from North America

  • The leaping flames from the central fire lit up the faces of the hundreds of men and women; while the swaying feathers of the "calumets" cast great wing-like shadows on the glistening roof, and seemed to make real the symbolic presence of the mighty eagle himself, circling over the people as he sped on his mission, bearing the benediction of good will among men.

    Indian Story and Song from North America

  • Over this skin, which had its symbolic meaning, the bearers waved the "calumets," imitating the movements of the eagle, sweeping lower and lower, rising and circling again, and then dropping lightly upon its nest.

    Indian Story and Song from North America

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