It is a compendium of oral legends and stories handed down via a number of local American tribes, with an emphasis at the recognized delusion of Hiawatha. From the preface: “There is yet one attention of a lot second essential to be premised respecting those legends and myths. it truly is this: they're models of oral relatives from the lips of the Indians, and are transcripts of the concept and invention of the aboriginal brain. As such, they provide illustrations of Indian personality and critiques on topics which the ever-cautious and suspicious minds of this humans have, heretofore, hid. They position the fellow altogether in a brand new phasis. They replicate him as he's. They convey us what he believes, hopes, fears, needs, expects, worships, lives for, dies for. they're regularly actual to the Indian manners and customs, evaluations and theories.”
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