The Song of Hiawatha
- Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Year: 24-01-2019
- Translator reproduced by: Lyubomir Kumyurdzhiev
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- Product Code: 2256-01
- SKU: 16.0221
- ISBN: 978-619-01-0384-4
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The Song of Hiawatha is an 1855 epic poem in trochaic tetrameter by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that features Native Americancharacters. The epic relates the fictional adventures of an Ojibwe warrior named Hiawatha and the tragedy of his love for Minnehaha, a Dakota woman. Events in the story are set in the Pictured Rocks area on the south shore of Lake Superior. Longfellow's poem is based on native oral traditions surrounding the figure of Manabozho, and various aboriginal terms, but also contains his own innovations.
Longfellow's sources for the legends and ethnography found in his poem were the Ojibwe Chief Kahge-ga-gah-bowh during his visits at Longfellow's home; Black Hawk and other Sac and Fox Indians Longfellow encountered on Boston Common; Algic Researches (1839) and additional writings by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, an ethnographer and United States Indian agent; and Heckewelder's Narratives. In sentiment, scope, overall conception, and many particulars, Longfellow insisted, "I can give chapter and verse for these legends. Their chief value is that they are Indian legends."
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
|Translator||reproduced by: Lyubomir Kumyurdzhiev|
|Genre||Native American Culture & Heritage, Historical Fiction, Adventure Novels, Young Adult Novels, Myths & Legends, Young Adult Novels|