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Se-quo-yah; from Harper’s New Monthly, V.41
Just a few pages, written in the 1880s
Wigwam Evenings Sioux Folk Tales Retold
Charles Alexander Eastman grew up among the Sioux.
Cicero Ancient Classics for English Readers
The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 – Complete
The book is filled with detail – pedantically written out (so if you want an easy read this book is probably not for you). But if you want real basic page after page detailed descriptions of the ship, its crew, its passengers (both Adventurers and Planters) the journey, the disagreements and double-dealing, the day-after-day log entries from first weighing anchor to the months sitting in Cape Cod Bay before its return journey to England (including details about The Speedwell) then get this book.
Because it is reformatted it’s less than attractive – center-justified, left-justified, etc and no charts or images even though the Contents lists them. BUT if what you want is fact, fact, fact – ignore the little irritations; you’ll be glad you did.
The Fathers of New England A Chronicle of the Puritan Commonwealths
American Indian stories
This book contains stories about the culture clash between American Indians and American Europeans. The author lived between 1876 and 1938, so all the stories are contemporary to her life. Zitkala-Sa was an American Indian woman, so the stories are all presented from that point of view. And I really hadn’t realized how little I knew about the American Indian perspective until I read this. I’d imagined, of course, but this was without the usual European-centric flavor I hadn’t ever realized I’d been experiencing.
The first half of the book is an autobiographical account of the author’s early life, schooling, and time spent teaching at a school for Indians in the East Coast region. Without any real warning, it then switches track to shorter slice-of-life stories about being Indian, being European, and being caught in the middle.
The last section of the book is about politics, and has quotes and excerpts from various legal documents and laws detailing the way in which Indians are viewed and treated.
All in all it was both interesting and informative and overall a very good read.
There is no active table of contents, and there are a few words that should perhaps be italicized, but instead have _underscores_ on either side of them. Odd, but not really distracting.
The stories included are:
Impressions of an Indian Childhood
The School Days of an Indian Girl
An Indian Teacher Among Indians
The Great Spirit
The Soft-Hearted Sioux
The Trial Path
A Warrior’s Daughter
A Dream of Her Grandfather
The Widespread Enigma of Blue-Star Woman
America’s Indian Problem
Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian
A decent collection. It does have a tendancy to bounce around from one Native American culture to another. I think it would have been better if all folklore and fables in this book were grouped together by culture. It wouldn’t seem as haphazardly put together if that were the case. It is rather short, but worth the read. If you are looking for something more in depth, or for something on a specific Native American culture you probably won’t find that type of collection as a freebie.
The World of Indigenous North America (Routledge Worlds)
Blurb; The World of Indigenous North America is a comprehensive look at issues that concern indigenous people in North America. Though no single volume can cover every tribe and every issue around this fertile area of inquiry, this book takes on the fields of law, archaeology, literature, socio-linguistics, geography, sciences, and gender studies, among others, in order to make sense of the Indigenous experience.
Covering both Canada’s First Nations and the Native American tribes of the United States, and alluding to the work being done in indigenous studies through the rest of the world, the volume reflects the critical mass of scholarship that has developed in Indigenous Studies over the past decade, and highlights the best new work that is emerging in the field. The World of Indigenous North America is a book for every scholar in the field to own and refer to often.
Letters on an Elk Hunt
I first read “Letters of a Woman Homesteader” by Elinore Stewart. I enjoyed it so much I bought this one too. It is the same kind of writing . Just a continuation of the previous book. Excellent writing of a truly gifted writer and woman from the turn of the century, 1900 on. She has a way of bringing you into her time as though you were on the journey with her. You can visualize all that she talks about. She has a way about her that you don’t see much anymore. A love of her fellow man.
The stories in this book are from an Elk hunt that she made with her husband and neigbors. It isn’t really about hunting but what she endures on the trip. How everyone pitches in to help one another and help those they come across. When they come across homesteaders out in the middle of nowhere they always are welcomed in. She tells in her own way what the people she comes across are like and how they behave. the letters are quite heartwarming and fun to read. I enjoyed every word. I highly recommend this book to those interested in Wyoming life at the turn of the century. Or just interested in how the people interacted with each other back then.
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Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page. Excerpts generally come from Gutenberg.