This vignette was inspired by two things. The first was a section in one of the history books I read that retold that some of the First Nations did think the French were some kind of mutant bear at first because they were so short, smelly, and hairy. The second is a speech by Red Jacket, a Seneca orator who is one of the greatest American speakers. According to whom? According to William Jennings Bryan, who knows a few things about oration. Read Red Jacket’s speech for yourself.
My thanks to Mittie Paul for the art!