John Tanner's fascinating autobiography tells the story of a man torn between white society and the Native Americans with whom he identified.
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John Tanner's fascinating autobiography tells the story of a man torn between white society and the Native Americans with whom he identified.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101153680
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/27/2003
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,126,113
  • File size: 404 KB

Meet the Author

John Tanner was born on the Kentucky River around 1780. He spent most of his life with the Ojibwa tribe, and disappeared in 1846.

Bestselling author Louise Erdrich grew up in North Dakota and is of German and Turtle Mountain Chippewa descent. Her novels include Love Medicine and The Beet Queen.

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Text
Chapter I.
Recollections of early life
Journey from the mouth of the Miami to Sa-gui-na
Ceremonies of adoption into the family of my foster parents
Harsh treatment
Transferred by purchase to the family of Net-no-kowa
Removal to Lake Michigan
Chapter II.
First attempt to hunt
Trapping martins
Emigration to Red River
Death of my foster father and brother
Arrival at Lake Winnipek
Chapter III.
Friendly reception among the Indians on the Assinneboin
Prairie Portage
Net-no-kwa's dream, and its fulfillment
Meet with Pee-shau-ba, a distinguished warrior of the Ottawwaws
Journey to Kau-wau-koning, and residence there
Return towards Lake Superior
War-party against the Minnetauks
Mouth of Assinneboin river
Chapter IV.
Elk hunting
Beaver and buffalo hunting
Endangered in killing a buffalo cow
Fall Indians
Return to Rainy Lake
Swamp River and Portage
The Begwionusko River and Lake
Honesty and good faith in the intercourse of the Indians
Sufferings from hunger
Red River
Loss of packs
Supposed dishonesty of traders
Rapacity of the N. W. company
Disasters following the loss of our peltries
Chapter V.
Medicine hunting
Indolence of an Indian hunter, and consequent suffering of his family
Relief from humane traders
A hunter amputates his own arm
Moose chase
Hospitality of Sah-muk, and residence at Rainy Lake
Carcase of a buffalo cow watched by a bull
Severe suffering from cold
My lodge, and most of my property, destroyed by fire
Chapter VI.
Failure of an attempt to accompany a war-party to the Missouri
Removal to Elk River
Joined in my hunting grounds by some Naudoways, from Lower Canada
Hospitality of the Crees
Practice of medicine
Dispute with a Naudoway
Band of Tuskwaw-go-nees
Brine Spring, on Elk River
I receive a severe injury by falling from my horse
Involved in difficulty by my foster brother
Habits of the moose-deer
Range of the moose, the elk, and the reindeer
Chapter VII.
I receive a proposal from a chief to marry his daughter
Theft and drunkenness
Manner of pursuing the elk on foot
Disease and great mortality among the beaver
Second offer of marriage from an A-go-kwa
Haunted encampment, called the "place of the two dead men"
Indian courtship
Distressing sickness
Insanity and attempt at suicide
Several offers of young women in marriage
My courtship and marriage with Mis-kwa-bun-o-kwa, (the red sky of the morning)
Chapter VIII.
Preparation for a war excursion
Herds of buffalo heard at a great distance
Terrible conflicts among the bulls
Observances of the young warriors
Ko-zau-bun-ziche-e-gun, or divination to discover the situation of an enemy
Jeebi-ug, or memorials of deceased friends to be thrown away on the field of battle; and the design of the custom
War-party broken up by the interference of a rival chief
Stupidity of the porcupine
I save the life of my foster brother
Albino bears
Marriage of Piche-to and Skwa-shish
Attack of a Sioux war-party, and pursuit to the village at Chief Mountain, and the head of the St. Peters, etc.
Chapter IX.
Visit to several Assinneboin villages, in pursuit of stolen horses
Peculiar customs
I seize a horse belonging to an Assinneboin
War excursion to Turtle Mountain
Battle at a village of the Mandans
Doctrines of the Shawnese prophet
Drunkenness, and its effects
Chapter X.
Presence of mind and self-devotedness in an Indian mother
Indian warfare
Conversation of a chief
Winter hunt on the Begwionusko River
Medicine hunting
Customs, in cases of manslaughter
Symbolic, or picture writing
Death of Pe-shau-ba
Disaster at Spirit Lake, and death of the Little Clam
Chapter XI.
Rapacity of the traders
Revelation of Manito-o-geezhik
Pretensions of As-kaw-ba-wis
Credulity of the Indians
Colony at Red River, planted by the Hudson's Bay traders
Large war-party assembled at Turtle Mountain
Want of discipline
Chapter XII.
Superstitions of the Indians
Violent and unjust prejudice
Family misfortunes
Remarkable tenacity of life in the otter, and some other small animals
Disturbances between the Hudson's Bay and North West Fur Companies
Chapter XIII.
Suffering of the Ojibbeways from hunger
Persecutions of Waw-be-be-nai-sa, and unkindness of my Indian relatives
Journey to Detroit
Governor Cass
Council at St. Mary, on the Miami
Chapter XIV.
Journey to Kentucky
Hospitalities of the whites
Return to Detroit
St. Louis
General Clark
Return to the Lake of the Woods
Col. Dickson
Second journey to St. Louis, by Chikago and Fort Clark
Kindness of the Potawattomies
Chapter XV.
Transactions of the agents and clerks of the American Fur Company, in the country about the Lake of the Woods
Treachery of an Indian woman
Misfortunes attendant on an attempt to bring my children from the Indian country
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