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The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire

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The Potawatomi Indians were the dominant tribe in the region of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and southern Michigan during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Active participants in the fur trade, and close friends with many French fur traders and government leaders, the Potawatomis remained loyal to New France throughout the colonial period, resisting the lure ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 15th 1987 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published July 1987)
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Kathryn
May 28, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
The story of the Midwest Potawatomis -- a people who hosted intertribal councils (they kept the “councils of fire”) and were known for their role as peacemakers -- is the story of a people who, like all Native Americans, were diminished and ultimately betrayed by Europeans and Americans.

David Edmunds’ book presents a detailed history of the Potawatomi, focusing on the groups found in Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan and later, Illinois. Edmunds begins his narrative with the chapter “Forging the Fren
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Michel Brooks
Jan 09, 2011 Michel Brooks rated it really liked it
A lot of good information on how the Potawtomis lost their land, or should I say, were taken advantage of their weaknesses and desperation. Was infomative and enjoyable but was a bit slow for me in the middle.
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Very well written. The author has successfully produced a readable, understandable history of the Potawatomis from the French era through the removal period. Well worth the read.
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R. David Edmunds is a historian of Native American people and the American West. The author or editor of ten books and over one hundred essays, articles, and other shorter publications, Edmunds' major works have been awarded the Francis Parkman Prize, the Ohioana Prize for Biography, and the Alfred Heggoy Prize of the French Colonial Historical Society. Edmunds has written extensively upon Native ...more
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