"The Song Of Hiawatha" was adapted by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the legends and stories of many North American Indian tribes. Focusing on the Ojibway Indians of northern Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota -- the ideas for the book were collected by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, the renowned historian, pioneer explorer, and geologist. As superintendent of Indian affairs for Michigan from 1836 to 1841. Schoolcraft married Jane, O-bah-bahm-wawa-ge-zhe-go-qua (The Woman of the Sound Which the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky), Johnston. It was Jane and her mother who are credited with having researched, authenticated, and compiled much of the material Schoolcraft included in his book published in 1856 as The Myth of Hiawatha. It was this that Longfellow used as the basis for "The Song of Hiawatha".
This hard cover book has 256 pages long and is written in stanza form --containing 245 lines or stanzas. Black and white illustrations of Native American pottery, tools, clothing and more are dotted throughout the book.
This vintage, collectible book has red cloth covers with a silver border and title. The cover has a fair amount of scuffing and bumping at the corners. The inside pages are yellowed from age but are not brittle. The binding is tight. There is a gift inscription on the first inside page. The book measures approximately 7 1/2inches by 5 inches and will be shipped Media Mail unless otherwise requested.
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