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Odd cinnibar fact - ctxt
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Cinnibar is the red mineral that mercury occurs in . American Indians became known as 'redmen' because in the early contact period , they mixed ground cinnabar with bear grease , and coated themselves with the mixture . English traders capitalized on this and traded red barn paint ( made from red-oxide , lead , oils , and other harmful ingredients ) to the Indians for the same purpose . This was a less-healthy choice , and did not go well for the users ...

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