The Song of Hiawatha

By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
Stood the wigwam of Nokomis,
Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.
Dark behind it rose the forest,
Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,
Rose the firs with cones upon them;
Bright before it beat the water,
Beat the clear and sunny water,
Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.
There the wrinkled old Nokomis
Nursed the little Hiawatha,
Rocked him in his linden cradle,
Bedded soft in moss and rushes.
Safely bound with reindeer sinews;
Stilled his fretful wail by saying,
"Hush! the Naked Bear will hear thee!"
Lulled him into slumber, singing,
"Ewa-yea! my little owlet!
Who is this, that lights the wigwam?
With his great eyes lights the wigwam?
Ewa-yea! my little owlet!"

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(Salt Rising Bread)

Gitche Gumee Salt Rising Bread Sponge:
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar

Gitche Gumee Original Bread Recipe 2nd Sponge:
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups sifted flour
pinch salt
2 tablespoons shortening
Dough: 2 1/4 cups sifted flour
      Scald milk, cool, add cornmeal, salt, sugar. Pour into bowl, cover, put in warm place. Let stand 6 hours or so until gas bubbles cover dough. Then add second sponge. Mix again. Cover and place in pan of water, 120 degrees. Let rise until light. Then add remaining flour until stiff enough to knead. Knead for 15 minutes. Shape into loaves. Place in greased pan. Brush top with melted butter. Cover and let stand until more than doubled in size. Bake 375 degrees for ten minutes, lower heat to 350 degrees and bake 25 or 30 minutes longer.