The Indians of the Western Great Lakes, 1615–1760

TitleThe Indians of the Western Great Lakes, 1615–1760
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1940
TranslatorKinietz, William Vernon
Number of Pages448
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
CityAnn Arbor, MI

Here is the colorful story of the Huron, Miami, Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Chippewa tribes in the years before contact with the white man changed their centuries-old way of life. The book is based on the letters and journals of European traders, missionaries, and officials who visited them between 1615 and 1760. They tell how the Indians hunted and fished, trapped, and raised crops. They describe Indian marriages and births, games, feasts and celebrations, dances, dress, religion, music, and legends. The Indians of the Western Great Lakes is the most complete and authentic study of its kind—a unique contribution to social science as well as a fascinating account of the rich variety of Indian life.

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