E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The lovely daughter of the old arrow-maker of the Dacotahs, and wife of Hiawatha. She died of famine. Two guests came uninvited into Hiawathas wigwam, and the foremost said, Behold me! I am Famine; and the other said, Behold me! I am Fever; and Minnehaha shuddered to look on them, and hid her face, and lay trembling, freezing, burning, at the looks they cast upon her. Ah! cried Laughing-water, the eyes of Pauguk [death] glare upon me, I can feel his icy fingers clasping mine amidst the darkness, and she died crying, Hiawatha! Hiawatha! (Long-fellow: Hiawatha.)