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council fire

a fire kept burning continually during a council of American Indians.
Origin of council fire
1745-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The arm of my father was raised on the side of the Yengeese, to-day; yet they give him no seat it their council-fire!

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish James Fenimore Cooper
  • I thank the Manitou, that one is here to fill my place at the council-fire.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Take heed, you Mohawks, and you Cayuga war-chiefs and sachems, that you do no violence to this council-fire!

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers
  • He has cleared a path to this spring, and to this council-fire.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • Squatting on the grass, the girls made a circle round their council-fire.

  • The council at his council-fire must be a great council—it has much to say.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The boys squatted on the hearth-rug as solemnly as Indians around a council-fire.

    The Little Colonel's Holidays Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Well, you will hear about it when we sit together at the council-fire.

    White Otter Elmer Russell Gregor
  • The council-fire is covered at Onondaga; but it shall burn again at Thendara.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
  • Has not Schuyler held a council-fire and talked with belts to the entire confederacy?

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers

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