[December Sun 2]
Attended Indian mission services at
Pres. Church today. Rev. Mr. Kirk. Indians
came down the river from their village afoot
and on dog sleds. Services in English by Mr. Kirk
translated by Enoch - who read also from their
Taku Takudh bible -
Attended the funeral of "Ketchumstock
Billy" at Indian village today.
Burial service conducted by Enoch
who read the entire Episcopal service
from the Takudh prayer book, and
the other Indians gave long responses
in their own tongue! But two white
men present - Mr. Merriman, agent
N.A.T.C. and I. It was a remarkable
scene to me - Athapascan Indians
reading the entire burial service in
their own tongue - fluently and
intelligently, and all responses
made quickly and in unison.
The widow, with a child on her back -
simply knelt in the snow. I was sorry
(v)[?] for her - she looked so poor and unhappy.