The Last Algonquin

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As recently as 1924, a lone Algonquin Indian lived quietly in Pelham Bay Park, a wild and isolated corner of New York City. Joe Two Trees was the last of his people, and this is the gripping story of his bitter struggle, remarkable courage, and constant quest for dignity and peace.

By the 1840s, most of the members of Joe?s Turtle Clan had either been killed or sold into slavery, and by the age of thirteen he was alone in the world. He made his way into Manhattan, but was forced...

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Overview

As recently as 1924, a lone Algonquin Indian lived quietly in Pelham Bay Park, a wild and isolated corner of New York City. Joe Two Trees was the last of his people, and this is the gripping story of his bitter struggle, remarkable courage, and constant quest for dignity and peace.

By the 1840s, most of the members of Joe’s Turtle Clan had either been killed or sold into slavery, and by the age of thirteen he was alone in the world. He made his way into Manhattan, but was forced to flee after killing a robber in self defense; from there, he found backbreaking work in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Finally, around the time of the Civil War, Joe realized there was no place for him in the White world, and he returned to his birthplace to live out his life alone—suspended between a lost culture and an alien one. Many years later, as an old man, he entrusted his legacy to the young Boy Scout who became his only friend, and here that young boy’s son passes it on to us.

Theodore Kazimiroff, the son of Joe Two Trees’s young confidant, writes historical, environmental, and natural history articles for several magazines. He lives in Bayville, New York.

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“A beautiful and affecting story—a quest, a mythic adventure and journey.” —New York Times
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The author recreates the life story of Joe Two Trees, which the elderly Algonquin told to Kazimiroff's father. "A portrait of youth and age, pupil and teacher, the story is an astonishing account," according to PW. Ages 12-up. (Nov.) r
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802775177
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 450,869
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore Kazimiroff, the son of Joe Two Trees's young confidant, writes historical, environmental, and natural history articles for several magazines. He lives in Bayville, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Part I The Boy and the Indian 1
Chapter 1 A Strange Meeting 3
Chapter 2 A Clay Pot 9
Chapter 3 How "Medicine" Came to Be 19
Chapter 4 A Gift Is Passed Across the Ages 22
Chapter 5 "Indian Fishing" 30
Part II Joe Two Trees 37
Chapter 6 The Joining of Two Clans 39
Chapter 7 Last of the Turtle Clan 45
Chapter 8 The American City--New York 49
Chapter 9 A Wounded Fugitive 58
Chapter 10 The Hardest Winter 64
Chapter 11 The Cave Bear 81
Chapter 12 The Coal Mine 88
Chapter 13 Indian Again 100
Chapter 14 The Red-Haired Woman 106
Chapter 15 The Yellow-Eyed Dog 133
Chapter 16 A Dugout Canoe 142
Chapter 17 On the Hudson River 149
Chapter 18 The Attack 156
Chapter 19 Monatun 167
Chapter 20 To the Land of His Ancestors 182
Afterthoughts 191
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  • Posted December 14, 2008

    very sad

    my friend recommended this book to me last year and once i picked the book up i could not put it back down. The story was so heart breaking, and very touching. i cried a couple of times in certain spots. when anyone asks me for suggestions on books i immediatly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Trip back in time

    I absoluteley loved this fast,paced,true story.I felt as if I were there.I recommend this book for mandatory reading in the schools.I actually was able to see the world and appreciate it as it was and should be now.I felt Two Trees pain,from how white man came in and destroyed and took overthe land, as always.Not caring at all about mother earth!This book was a great impact.Listening to earth.Leting the sounds and the feel tell you what is next.The descriptions of the rivers being full of fish,no pollution,respect for man kind,from Joe.The dissrespect for man kind from the white man.Trust,love,friendship,knowledge!One of the best books that I ever read!Knowing that this is a true story,is the cherry on top!

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