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Algic Researches, Comprising Inquiries Respecting the Mental Characteristics of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 of 2 Indian Tales and Legends   By: (1793-1864)

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ALGIC RESEARCHES,

COMPRISING

INQUIRIES RESPECTING THE MENTAL CHARACTERISTICS

OF THE

NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS.

FIRST SERIES.

INDIAN TALES AND LEGENDS.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

BY HENRY ROWE SCHOOLCRAFT.

Author of a Narrative Journal of Travels to the Sources of the Mississippi; Travels in the Central Portions of the Mississippi Valley; An Expedition to Itasca Lake, &c.

NEW YORK: HARPER & BROTHERS, 82 CLIFF STREET.

1839.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1839, By HENRY R. SCHOOLCRAFT, In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.

TO

LIEUT. COL. HENRY WHITING,

OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY.

SIR,

The position taken by you in favour of the literary susceptibilities of the Indian character, and your tasteful and meritorious attempts in imbodying their manners and customs, in the shape of poetic fiction, has directed my thoughts to you in submitting my collection of their oral fictions to the press. Few have given attention to the intellectual traits and distinctive opinions of these scattered branches of the human family, without finding the subject interesting and absorbing. But in an age of multifarious excitement, in which topic after topic, and invention after invention, have poured in upon us with an almost overwhelming rapidity, the interest felt on the subject, and the tribes themselves, and their strong claims to attention, have been thrown into the background and nearly lost sight of.

It is a pleasing coincidence, that, in addressing one whose feelings and sentiments, in relation to them, have preserved their equanimity, amid the din of the intellectual and moral novelties of the day, I can, at the same time, appeal to the ties of literary sympathy and of personal friendship. Accept these expressions of my respect, and believe me,

Most truly yours,

HENRY R. SCHOOLCRAFT.

CONTENTS

OF

THE FIRST VOLUME.

Page

General Considerations 9

Preliminary Observations on the Tales 31

Ojeeg Annung; or, the Summer maker 57

The Celestial Sisters 67

Tau Wau Chee Hezkaw; or, the White Feather 74

Peboan and Seegwun. An Allegory 84

The Red Lover 87

Iamo; or, the Undying Head 96

Mon Dau Min; or, the Origin of Indian Corn 122

Peeta Kway; or, the Tempest 129

Manabozho 134

Bokwewa; or, the Humpback 175

Iena; or, the Magic Bundle 181

Sheem; or, the Forsaken Boy 191

Paup Puk Keewiss 200

Iadilla; or, the Origin of the Robin 221

The Enchanted Moccasins 226

The Broken Wing 233

The Three Cranberries. A Fable 238

Paradise opened to the Indians; Pontiac's Tale 239

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS.

It is proposed by the author to publish the result of his observation on the mythology, distinctive opinions, and intellectual character of the aborigines. Materials exist for separate observations on their oral tales, fictitious and historical; their hieroglyphics, music, and poetry; and the grammatical structure of the languages, their principles of combination, and the actual state of their vocabulary. The former topic has been selected as the commencement of the series. At what time the remaining portions will appear, will depend upon the interest manifested by the public in the subject, and the leisure and health necessary to the examination of a mass of original papers, the accumulation of nearly twenty years.

The character and peculiarities of the tribes have been studied under favourable circumstances and new aspects; offering, it is believed, an insight into their mental constitution, as yet but imperfectly understood... Continue reading book >>


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