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In Indian Tents

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In Indian Tents by Abby Langdon Alger is a captivating and enlightening exploration of Native American culture and traditions through the eyes of a young girl named Janey. Set in the late 1800s, the story follows Janey as she is taken in by a tribe and immerses herself in their way of life.

Alger's writing is vivid and evocative, painting a rich picture of the landscapes and customs of the Native American people. Through Janey's perspective, readers are able to learn about the significance of ceremonies, the importance of storytelling, and the deep connection that the tribe has to the land.

The characters in the novel are complex and well-developed, each with their own struggles and triumphs. Janey's journey of self-discovery is both heartwarming and inspiring, as she learns to embrace her heritage and find her place within the tribe.

Overall, In Indian Tents is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel that sheds light on a culture that is often overlooked. Alger's attention to detail and respect for the traditions of the Native American people make this a must-read for anyone interested in history, culture, and the human experience.

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A collection of the legends and stories of North Eastern Indians "In the summer of 1882 and 1883, I was associated with Charles G. Leland in the collection of the material for his book The Algonquin Legends of New England, published in 1884. I found the work so delightful, that I have gone on with it since, whenever I found myself in the neighborhood of Indians. The supply of legends and tales seems to be endless, one supplementing and complementing another, so that there may be a dozen versions of one tale, each containing something new. I have tried, in this little book, in every case, to bring these various versions into a single whole; though I scarcely hope to give my readers the pleasure which I found in hearing them from the Indian story-tellers. Only the very old men and women remember these stories now; and though they know that their legends will soon be buried with them, and forgotten, it is not easy task to induce them to repeat them. One may make half-a-dozen visits, tell his own best stories, and exert all his arts of persuasion, in vain, then stroll hopelessly by some day, to be called in to hear some marvellous bit of folklore. These old people have firm faith in witches, fairies, and giants of whom they tell; and any trace of amusement or incredulity would meet with quick indignation and reserve." - Abby L. Alger - Summary by Phil chenevert and the author

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