From The Voyages of CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH (of Jamestown,
Va.) during the Years 1607-9:
". . . 60 of those Susquehannocks came to us .
. . such great and well proportioned men are seldome seene, for
they seemed like giants to the English . . .these are the strangest
people of all those countries both in language and attire; for their
language it may well beseeme their proportions, sounding from them
as a voice in a vault. Their attire is the skinnes of beares and
woolves, some have cassocks made of beares heades and skinnes .
. . The halfe sleeves coming to the elbows were the heades of beares
and the arms through the open mouth . . . one had the heade of a
woolf hanging from a chain for a jewell . . . with a club suitable
to his greatness sufficient to beat out ones brains. Five of their
chiefe wereowances came aboard us . . . (of) the greatest of them
his hayre, the one side was long and the other shorn close with
a ridge over his crowne like a cocks combe . . . The calfe of whose
leg was ¾ of a yard around and all the rest of his limbes so answerable
to that proportion that he seemed the goodliest man we ever beheld!"