council fire



a fire kept burning continually during a council of American Indians.

Origin of council fire

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for council fire

Historical Examples of council fire

  • I thank the Manitou, that one is here to fill my place at the council-fire.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Squatting on the grass, the girls made a circle round their council-fire.

  • The council-fire is covered at Onondaga; but it shall burn again at Thendara.

    The Reckoning

    Robert W. Chambers

  • He has cleared a path to this spring, and to this council-fire.

    Oak Openings

    James Fenimore Cooper

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

    The Chainbearer

    J. Fenimore Cooper