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HURON. American, March. Played by Pennsylvania brigades in Washington's army as a march during the Revolutionary War. It was taken from Andre Gretry's opera Le Huron (1768). The name Huron was used for a Native American tribe in the Great Lakes region, and the lake was named for them. The word Huron is French an implies a likeness to a wild boar. In France the term was applied to peasants because of their rough, bristling hair and as applied to the Indians it referred to the way they forced their hair to stand up in a sort of crest, in the style of the northeastern woodland tribes (Matthews, 1972).

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