It is said that they were a very warlike people, and that the chief of their tribe, called Biloc-Wakapans, was so powerful that there was no one of his nation who dared oppose him. In his time, however, an old hunter of the prairies, called the White Horse, was half-poisoned by the ill effects of a blow from his war-club; and before he died, he told his son all the stories he had been able to remember about the prairies.
The prototype of the White Steed of the prairies, is the bull, because the bull is the type of the Indian. The Indian, in his white skin, is himself a whitened Indian; and his animal qualities are the same as those of the white steed. The Indian is very brave; he is brave in his habits generally. He steals, that is, he is a thief; he is brave in the chase of game; he is a bold and daring hunter; he is courageous, in every pursuit. He is manly. He possesses the animal qualities of the bear, the lion, the tiger, the panther, the wolf, the fox. He has all the qualities of the bear; except the dignity of royalty.
From the time of the discovery of the country, the White Steed followed the progress of the hunter’s party everywhere, and the old trappers and hunters, as well as the Indians, all knew him well, or at least had heard of him; for they were all the same, by virtue of the grand, mysterious power and relationship that bound them together. They all knew him for the White Steed, and it was by their name that he was generally known, by the same name that he was called in the ancient legends of the nations of the West. He was really the White Steed, a name as appropriate to him as was ever given to any one of the herd-animals of the west.