Schoolcraft's Indian Legends from Algic Researches; The Myth of Hiawatha, OneħOta, the Red Race in America, and Historical and Statistical ... ... the Indian Tribes of the United

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Schoocraft's Indian Legends is drawn primarily from Henry Rowe Schoolcraft's 1839 edition of Algic Researches -- a rare, yet often cited, publication. However, stories from two later Schoolcraft collections, Oneota and The Myth of Hiawatha, are also included in an appendix.With a new foreword by Philip P Mason, this book is designed to reaquaint America with one of its often-neglected geniuses.

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The material presented in Schoolcraft's Indian Legends is drawn primarily from Henry Rowe Schoolcraft's 1839 edition of Algic Researches - a rare, yet often cited publication. However, stories from two later Schoolcraft collections, Oneota and The Myth of Hiawatha, are also included in an appendix. Schoolcraft's Indian Legends is designed to reacquaint America with one of its often-neglected geniuses. Critics have been divided in the assessment of Schoolcraft's contributions to the collection and preservation of American Indian lore. The tide of interpretation has seen Schoolcraft's work achieve an initial popularity, only to be rejected by members of the 1920s intelligentsia, the same individuals who critically embraced (and seldom properly attributed) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's adaptations of Schoolcraft's work. However, Schoolcraft received renewed attention when Mentor Williams undertook to collect and edit the original volumes, and again today when the value and validity of the Native American oral tradition has, once again, been "discovered. -- Midwest Book Review

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