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The Life and Traditions of the Red Man: A rediscovered treasure of Native American literature

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Joseph Nicolar’s The Life and Traditions of the Red Man tells the story of his people from the first moments of creation to the earliest arrivals and eventual settlement of Europeans. Self-published by Nicolar in 1893, this is one of the few sustained narratives in English composed by a member of an Eastern Algonquian-speaking people during the nineteenth century. At a tim ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 28th 2007 by Duke University Press Books (first published 2007)
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A worthwhile account of the Penobscots' early history from the creation of the world through contact with whites. Nicolar focuses on how his people learned their way of life from Glooscap (a Jesus-like hero), and conflcts between various tribes. Might be a slow read for somebody who doesn't have a special interest in the topic, but fascinating for those of us who do.
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