The story is of the famine, and fever lurks among the tents deep in snow. Into Hiawatha's tent come these dread visitors, seizing Minnehaha. Out into the forest rushes Hiawatha, gathering here and there a twig for firewood. Dying Minnehaha calls for her beloved, and in the desolate forest Hiawatha hears this call and hurries homeward. Watched over by her husband and his old grandmother, Nokomis, Minnehaha dies. Truly wonderful and thrilling is her burial. Covered by a robe of ermine, in his arms, Hiawatha carries his beloved, followed by all the wailing Indians, they push their way through the snow to an Indian bier of tree branches, on this is laid Minnehaha. Funeral services are held and the grave is filled with snow. The Indians leave, and Hiawatha is shown alone, a huge fire sending crimson flames against the sky to light Minnehaha to the "Land of the Hereafter."
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