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John Meares (1756-1809) was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy who resigned in 1771. He served as captain of three voyages from China to Nootka Sound. He was a fine observer of the Nootka Indians of the late 18th century and is today remembered as the author of the travel account, Voyages Made in the Years 1778 and 1789, from China to the North West Coast of America, (London 1790) in which he recounts a number of Nootka traditions.
One such story is of an "extraordinary stranger from the sky." Meares asked the Indians how they had learned about copper and why it was so admired among them. They explained that their ancestors had met a strange man in a 'copper canoe' and everything in this man's possesion was made of metal. The stranger told them that he had come from the sky, and he warned them that one day their nation would be destroyed, and that they would all be killed. The Nootkans killed him, stole his 'copper canoe.' and from that time they began to use the metal.
I never would have imagined indians to be so violent though.
Originally posted by q_ball
interesting info, though is there any remains of this copper craft ever found?