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Aboriginal American Authors   By: (1837-1899)

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In Daniel Garrison Brinton's work, Aboriginal American Authors, he delves into the world of indigenous literature, shedding light on the often overlooked literary contributions of Native American writers. This book serves as a comprehensive guide for both scholars and enthusiasts alike, providing a wealth of knowledge and a thought-provoking analysis of indigenous literature.

Brinton begins by examining the historical context of Native American literature, highlighting its significance as an integral part of the cultural fabric of Indigenous communities. He delves deep into the complex relationship between Native Americans and the dominant Euro-American literary tradition, emphasizing the resilience and perseverance of indigenous writers despite centuries of marginalization.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Brinton's work is his inclusion of a wide range of Native American authors. From well-known figures such as Samson Occom and Simon Pokagon to lesser-known voices like Jane Johnston Schoolcraft and Sarah Winnemucca, he presents a comprehensive view of the diverse literary traditions that exist within Native American communities. This inclusivity is a testament to Brinton's dedication to give these authors the recognition they deserve.

In his analysis of the selected works, Brinton skillfully delves into recurring themes and motifs. He explores the connection between nature and spirituality, the importance of oral tradition, and the struggles faced by Native Americans in a rapidly changing world. Through his careful examination, Brinton illuminates the rich symbolism and cultural significance embedded within the writings of these indigenous authors.

However, some readers may find Brinton's language and style to be somewhat outdated, as Aboriginal American Authors was originally published in the late 19th century. While this may detract from the accessibility of the book for contemporary readers, it serves as a valuable historical document reflecting the prevailing attitudes and perspectives of that time.

Despite these minor limitations, Aboriginal American Authors remains a seminal work in the field of Native American literature. Brinton's exhaustive research, coupled with his insightful analysis, offers a comprehensive compilation of indigenous voices that have long been marginalized within the literary cannon. This book serves as an essential resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of indigenous culture and the enduring power of Native American literature.

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Member of the American Philosophical Society; the American Antiquarian Society; the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, etc.; Vice President of the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Philadelphia, and of the Congres International des Americanistes; Delegue General de l'Institution Ethnographique for the United States, etc.; Author of "The Myths of the New World;" "The Religious Sentiment;" "American Hero Myths," etc.


Aboriginal American Authors, published by the Anthropologist Daniel G. Brinton in 1883, is a work that is particularly appropriate for our own times. The native American movement has stressed the need for history written from the Indian point of view. Interest in native American literature has become an important component in reinforcing a sense of identity among American Indians today.

Brinton's work is a good summary of the better known traditional writings of Indians from many regions of the Western hemisphere. This bibliographical survey provides information on tribal histories that would be particularly useful for Indian Study Programs in the states of Oklahoma, New York and Wisconsin... Continue reading book >>

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