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Rufus Merrill's Stories About Indians offers readers a captivating glimpse into the lives of Native Americans throughout history. The author takes us on a fascinating journey through carefully crafted narratives, bringing to life various tribes, traditions, and experiences.

One aspect that particularly stands out is Merrill's ability to create well-rounded characters. Each story presents individuals with depth and complexity, leaving readers emotionally invested in their outcomes. From heroic warriors protecting their lands to wise elders passing down ancient wisdom, the characters feel genuine and relatable, allowing us to form a strong connection with their struggles and triumphs.

Merrill's impeccable research is evident throughout the book. The author effortlessly weaves together historical facts with compelling storytelling, ensuring that readers gather a wealth of knowledge about the cultures and historical events depicted. It is clear that Merrill deeply respects and honors the Native American heritage, as he consistently sheds light on the profound beauty and richness of their civilizations.

Moreover, the stories are not limited to one period or tribe, offering a comprehensive picture of Native American history. Merrill deftly spans different eras, from the pre-colonial times to the present day, and incorporates the experiences of various tribes. This breadth of representation allows readers to appreciate the incredible diversity within Native American cultures and the enduring spirit that has persevered over centuries.

One minor drawback could be the occasionally slow pacing in certain stories. While Merrill excels in creating vivid settings and rich atmosphere, some tales may require patience, as they develop at a leisurely pace. However, this allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the world portrayed, appreciating the nuances and complexities of each situation.

Overall, Stories About Indians by Rufus Merrill is a remarkable collection that educates and entertains simultaneously. The author's ability to transport readers through time and place, coupled with his deep respect for Native American heritage, makes this book an essential read. It is through such storytelling that we gain a deeper understanding of the trials and triumphs of our indigenous communities, fostering empathy, and a desire to preserve their legacy.

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STORIES ABOUT INDIANS.

CONCORD, N. H. RUFUS MERRILL.

STORIES ABOUT INDIANS.

[Illustration]

CONCORD, N.H.: PUBLISHED BY MERRIAM & MERRILL 1854.

[Illustration: The above picture represents Indians hunting Buffalo.]

STORIES ABOUT INDIANS.

The Indians were formerly lords of the soil we now occupy, and obtained a subsistence principally by hunting and fishing.

They generally lived in villages, containing from fifty to five hundred families. Their houses, called wigwams , were usually constructed of poles, one end being driven into the ground, and the other bent over so as to meet another fastened in like manner; both being joined together at the top, and covered with the bark of trees. Small holes were left open for windows, which were closed in bad weather with a piece of bark. They made their fire in the centre of the wigwam, leaving a small hole for a chimney in the top of the roof.

[Illustration: Indian Village.]

They had no chairs, but sat upon skins, or mats, spread upon the ground, which also served them for beds. Their clothes were principally made of the skins of animals, which in winter were sewed together with the fur side turned inwards.

The Indians were very fond of trinkets and ornaments, and often decorated their heads with feathers, while fine polished shells were suspended from their ears... Continue reading book >>




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