A heart as sharp as an awl

An early morning mist rises from Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

French trappers bestowed the name Coeur d’Alene upon the native Peoples residing in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana.  This particular tribe of Indians were very astute traders.  While the French trappers haggled for a good deal, the Indians merely observed the situation and then turned it around to their advantage.  The trappers thought the Indians’ hearts were sharp as an awl.  Or, as we would say today, they were “sharp as a tack.”


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One Response to A heart as sharp as an awl

  1. lifeinidaho says:

    very pretty. we have had a lot of days like this lately…summer can’t seem to find us!

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