David Zeisberger's history of northern American Indians. 208 Pages.
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David Zeisberger was a Moravian missionary who immagrated to England's North American colonies in 1740 and became one of the first white men to live among the Indian tribes of the Old Northwest. He spent many years living among the Delaware in western Pennsylvania and Ohio, founding the famous "Praying Indian" towns at Salem, Shoenbrun, and Gnadenhutten in the years just before the American Revolution. Zeisberger worked tirelessly to convert the Indians to Christianity for many years on the frontier when it was a hostile and dangerous wilderness. This book is translated from Zeisberger notes made while living among the Delaware in the period 1780-81. They describe in great and accurate detail the lifestyle and culture of the Indians. It details all aspects of religion, hunting, social structure, foods, medicine, clothing, etc. of the Delaware and the eastern woodland tribes in general. It also gives an overview of the flora and fauna of the Ohio Country in the years...
If you want to really learn about the Woodland Indians of North America during the Colonial time period, this book is a must.
David Zeisberger was a dedicated missionary to the Indians; he lived with them and among them most of his adult life. He was in and out of their villages, listened to their stories and witnessed the ebb and flow of their lives.
If you think that Indians were all red-skinned, silent, and stoic; wore two long braids, loved and conserved nature and used snowshoes, you need to read this book.
You'll find a people who were given to talk and laughter; who could be dark as Africans or light as Europeans; who wore a long braid down their backs if they were women and left it long if they were men; who used up fertile fields, shrugged, and moved on to cut down more trees for another when there were too many weeds - while going on extended hunting trips and leaving the game to rot on the ground; who only used snowshoes(clumsily!) during...
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