NOVEMBER 24, 1900
Ky., Nov., 18 --- An edict has been issued by the Malungeon Indians,
who live in the mountains of Hancock county, Tenn., sixty miles or more
from Middlesboro, giving the maidens of the tribe the right to choose
their husbands from the pale-faces. Formerly this was a violation
of one of the sacred laws of the tribe and the girl that married a
white mans was banished from Indians society. But now the chief men
have decided that the daughters of the tribe should secure pale-faced
husbands, and as an inducement they are offering to every white mane
who will take an Indian wife from 50 to 100 acres of mountain land.
The number of
acres of course, depends on the quality of the husband and the man who
comes well recommended will get a better wife and a better farm that
the man who does not. But the Malungeons only want the best of
whites, and hoboes need not apply. The applicant must be honest
and industrious and of good character. he must also give a solemn
promise that he will forever eschew the daughters of the pale-faced
nation, which in effect is that he will love and protect his Indian
wife as faithfully as he would one of his own race.
made this offer because they came to the conclusion that their race was
doomed and that the only way to save it was by amalgamation.
Continuous intermarriage among the Indians is resulting in inferior
progeny. after a few years it is said, the Malungeons will return
to their old law of marriages only among their own race.
number about 150. They are the last of a once numerous and
powerful race older than Tennessee itself. A tradition among them
is that they are descendants of a colony of Portuguese who amalgamated
with the Cherokee Indians hundreds of years ago. Another legend
is that they are descendants of the lost colony of Roanoke and the
redskins. The lost colony of Roanoke was composed of English
settlers, who made their home on the eastern shore of Virginia.
The Malungeons are thrifty farmers and honest and upright as a
rule. They are brown-skinned and black-haired and have regular