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History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan


History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan

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    Andrew Blackbird(Author)
From the intro:"Andrew J. Blackbird, the author of this little book, is an educated Indian, son of the Ottawa Chief. His Indian name is Mack-aw-de-be-nessy (Black Hawk), but he generally goes by the name of "Blackbird," taken from the interpretation of the French "L'Oiseau noir." Mr. Blackbird's wife is an educated and intelligent white woman of English descent, and they have four children. He is a friend of the white people, as well as of his own people. Brought up as an Indian, with no opportunity for learning during his boyhood, when he came to think for himself, he started out blindly for an education, without any means but his brains and his hands. He was loyal to the Government during the rebellion in the United States, for which cause he met much opposition by designing white people, who had full sway among the Indians, and who tried to mislead them and cause them to be disloyal; and he broke up one or two rebellious councils amongst his people during the progress of the rebellion."
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  • PDF | 66 pages
  • Andrew Blackbird(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9 Dec. 2014)
  • English
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  • History
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  • By Guest on 18 July 2011

    I know of no better free account of the history of these people. As a native Ottawan, Blackbird was an ultimate authority on the topic, and I imagine most future writings of the Ottawan history stem from Blackbird's writings.My initial reading not only taught me the history of the Ottawa but also gave me a better insights into the Ottawa they viewed nature and the world. The last part of the book abandons the Ottawa narrative and focuses on the grammar of the Ojibwe language. After having just read about so many cultural elements of the people in the earlier part of the book, I was surprised to see parts of the culture reflected in their language (or perhaps the other way around...I am no linguist) such as the distinction of animate and inanimate over that of gender. I expect to reference this last section of the book often as I try to translate the numerous Chippewa place names encountered throughout the Midwest of the United States.

  • By Guest on 22 January 2013

    The book was interesting written as if the writer were recalling memories of his past. It passed the test giving details of the shameful way the white settlers cheated the indians out of land and goods.

  • By Guest on 1 July 2014

    Good read brings back a lot of memory's from my boy hood days worth a read if you are into the history of the American Indians and there tormented life

  • By SNAPPER on 15 August 2013

    Very good read for those who are interested in the Native AmericanWay of life and the passing down of tribal history

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