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History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians   By: (1787-1854)

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History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians is an intriguing exploration into the lives and cultures of a diverse group of people, the Native Americans. Although the authorship of this book remains unknown, its meticulous attention to detail and comprehensive coverage of various tribes make it an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the indigenous peoples of North America.

Spanning across different regions, from the Plains to the Northeast, this book delves into the rich history and customs of each tribe, offering captivating insights into their lifestyles, religious beliefs, social structures, and more. The depth of research is evident in the wealth of information presented. From descriptions of tribal ceremonies and rituals to accounts of their hunting practices and daily life, the author paints a vivid picture of these cultures, educates the reader, and challenges any preconceived notions.

One of the standout features of this book is its emphasis on accuracy and objectivity. The author takes great care to present the information impartially, without imposing any personal biases. While the book does not provide a firsthand account, it relies on reliable sources and includes extensive references, which adds credibility to the content.

The language used in this book is clear and accessible, making it easy for readers from various backgrounds to engage with the material. Whether one is a casual reader interested in broadening their knowledge or a scholar seeking a comprehensive study on the subject, this book accommodates all levels of interest.

However, as with any work of this nature, there are limitations. Significant gaps exist in the information provided, particularly with regard to fewer well-documented tribes or those whose history has been largely lost. Furthermore, due to the book's age, some of the terminology and perspectives may be outdated or reflective of the era in which it was written. Therefore, additional contemporary sources may be necessary to gain a more nuanced understanding of the subject matter.

In conclusion, History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians is a remarkable book that sheds light on the indigenous peoples of North America. Its comprehensive nature, meticulous research, and unbiased approach make it an invaluable resource for those seeking to learn more about Native American cultures. While it is not without its limitations, this book remains a valuable contribution to the field of Native American studies, bridging the gap between past and present.

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Prefatory Note.

This volume is one of a series of books from the ready and prolific pen of the late George Mogridge better known by his nom de plume , "Old Humphrey." Most of his works were written for the London Religious Tract Society, and were originally issued under the auspices of that excellent institution. In revising them for our catalogue, we have found it necessary to make scarcely any alterations. A "Memoir of Old Humphrey, with Gleanings from his Portfolio" a charming biography accompanies our edition of his most interesting works.

Every Sunday school and Family Library should be supplied with the entertaining and useful productions of Old Humphrey's versatile and sanctified genius.


NASHVILLE, TENN., Sept. 27, 1855.


The present volume is in substance a reprint from a work published by the London Religious Tract Society , and is, we believe, chiefly compiled from the works of our enterprising countryman, CATLIN... Continue reading book >>

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