Improved Order of Red Men certificate 1889



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English: Certificate issued by the Improved Order of Red Men, with busts of George Washington and Tamanny, and vignettes of scenes from Native American life and culture: "Redmens Diploma Legendary & Historical Chart". Chromolithograph print.
Captions: "Red men administer no oaths binding you to any political or religious creed. They bind neither your hands nor your feet. As you enter their wigwams so you depart a free man." "If a stranger enter your abode welcome him and forget not always to mention the Great Spirit." "And make the forest as free to you as the air is to the eagle." "To adopt orphans and bring them up in various ways is pleasing to the Great Spirit." "Be merciful to the stranger found astray in the forest." "It is the will of the Great Spirit that you reverence the aged." "The three sisters: our life - our supporters. Unbroken faith." "And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth." "The Great Spirit spoke and the whirlwind was still. This belt preserves our words."
Certificate: "The Society of Red Men, organized at Fort Mifflin, G.S.D.322AD.1813. Improved Order of Red Men. In Freedom, Friendship and Charity. Greeting: This Certifies that — was on the — Sleep of the — Moon, G.S.D. — regularly adopted a Red Man by — Tribe No. — located at — and working under a legal Charter granted by the Great Council of — . In testimony whereof, we have granted him this Diploma commending him to the Brotherly regard of all true Red Men. Given at — under our hands, and the Seal of our Tribe, the — of the — Moon, G.S.D. — A.D. 18 — . C. of Records. Sachem."
Date 1889(1889)
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Author The oldest and only correct chart of the order. Designed and published by P.G.S.M.H. Gorham, G.S.D. 380. Improved G.S.D. 397 by P.S. Wm. G. Hollis. Copyrighted, 1887 and 1888. by W.C. Hollis, Philadelphia, Penna. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1871, by Morris H. Gorham in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D.C.
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