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Few men exhibit greater diversity, or, if we may so express it, greater antithesis of character, than the native warrior of North America. In war, he is daring, boastful, cunning, ruthless, self-denying, and self-devoted; in peace, just, generous, hospitable, revengeful, superstitious, modest, and commonly chaste. These are qualities, it is true, which do not distinguish all alike; but they are so far the predominating traits of these remarkable people as to be characteristic.
It is generally believed that the Aborigines of the American continent have an Asiatic origin. There are many physical as well as moral facts which corroborate this opinion, and some few that would seem to weigh against it.
The color of the Indian, the writer believes, is peculiar to himself, and while his cheek-bones have a very striking indication of a Tartar origin, his eyes have not. Climate may have had great influence on the former, but it is difficult to see how it can have produced the substantial difference which exists in the latter. The imagery of the Indian, both in his poetry and in his oratory, is oriental; chastened, and perhaps improved, by the limited range of his practical knowledge. He draws his metaphors from the clouds, the seasons, the birds, the beasts, and the vegetable world.
In this, perhaps, he does no more than any other energetic and imaginative race would do, being compelled to set bounds to fancy by experience; but the North American Indian clothes his ideas in a dress which is different from that of the African, and is oriental in itself. His language has the richness and sententious fullness of the Chinese.
Philologists have said that there are but two or three languages, among all the numerous tribes which formerly occupied the country that now composes the United States. They ascribe the known difficulty one people have to understand another to corruptions and dialects. The writer remembers to have been present at an interview between two chiefs of the Great Prairies west of the Mississippi, and when an interpreter was in attendance who spoke both their languages. The warriors appeared to be on the most friendly terms, and seemingly conversed much together; yet, according to the account of the interpreter, each was absolutely ignorant of what the other said.
They were of hostile tribes, brought together by the influence of the American government; and it is worthy of remark, that a common policy led them both to adopt the same subject. They mutually exhorted each other to be of use in the event of the chances of war throwing either of the parties into the hands of his enemies. Whatever may be the truth, as respects the root and the genius of the Indian tongues, it is quite certain they are now so distinct in their words as to possess most of the disadvantages of strange languages; hence much of the embarrassment that has arisen in learning their histories, and most of the uncertainty which exists in their traditions.
Like nations of higher pretensions, the American Indian gives a very different account of his own tribe or race from that which is given by other people. He is much addicted to overestimating his own perfections, and to undervaluing those of his rival or his enemy; a trait which may possibly be thought corroborative of the Mosaic account of the creation.
The whites have assisted greatly in rendering the traditions of the Aborigines more obscure by their own manner of corrupting names. Thus, the term used in the title of this book has undergone the changes of Mahicanni, Mohicans, and Mohegans; the latter being the word commonly used by the whites.
Set during the French and Indian War, The Last of the Mohicans is the second installment in James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales and one of the greatest action stories ever told.
When the Munro sisters and their traveling party are betrayed by Magua, a Huron guide, the skilled and courageous woodsman Natty Bumppo—better known as Hawkeye—and his Mohican comrades Chingachgook and Uncas come to their rescue. The thrilling adventures that ensue, from the siege of a British fort by French forces to the clever infiltration of a native village to the dramatic final showdown atop a rocky cliff, are an entertaining and sincere tribute to a way of life that was already vanishing from the American wilderness.
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James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans remains a highly regarded historical account of colonization in the Americas and the effects of European migration on the indigenous population. While commonly studied in the classroom, Cooper’s work has also been adapted for the stage, opera, and film, most famously in the 1992 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
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The Novels Precaution The Spy The Pioneers The Pilot Lionel Lincoln The Last Of The Mohicans The Prairie The Red Rover The Wept Of Wish-ton-wish The Water-witch The Bravo The Heidenmauer The Headsman: The Abbaye Des Vignerons The Monikins Homeward Bound Home As Found The Pathfinder Mercedes Of Castile The Deerslayer The Two Admirals The Wing-and-wing Wyandotté Afloat And Ashore Miles Wallingford Satanstoe The Chainbearer The Redskins The Crater Jack Tier The Oak Openings The Sea Lions The Ways Of The Hour The Shorter Fiction Tales For Fifteen: Or Imagination And Heart No Steamboats An Execution At Sea Autobiography Of A Pocket-handkerchief The Lake Gun The Play Upside Down: Or Philosophy In Petticoats Selected Non-fiction A Residence In France Recollections Of Europe The Chronicles Of Cooperstown Ned Myers New York The Criticism Discourse On The Life, Genius, And Writings Of James Fenimore Cooper By W. C. Bryant Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences By Mark Twain Books Necessary For A Liberal Education By Wilkie Collins Tales Of The Sea, 1898 By Joseph Conrad Various Reviews By Carl Van Doren The Biographies James Fenimore Cooper By Thomas R. Lounsbury James Fenimore Cooper By Mary E. Phillips
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Quotes from the book:
“The ministry proffered various civil offices which yielded not only honor but profit; but he declined them all, with the chivalrous independence and loyalty that had marked his character through life. The veteran soon caused this set of patriotic disinterestedness to be followed by another of private munificence, that, however little it accorded with prudence, was in perfect conformity with the simple integrity of his own views.”
“The eyes of his auditors involuntarily met; and, if the color that gathered over the face of Elizabeth was contradicted by the cold expression of her eye, the ambiguous smile that again played about the lips of the stranger seemed equally to deny the probability of his consenting to form one of this family group. The scene was one, however, which might easily warm a heart less given to philanthropy than that of Marmaduke Temple.”
“Time and practice did wonders for the physician. He was naturally humane, but possessed of no small share of moral courage; or, in other words, he was chary of the lives of his patients, and never tried uncertain experiments on such members of society as were considered useful; but, once or twice, when a luckless vagrant had come under his care, he was a little addicted to trying the effects of every phial in his saddle-bags on the strangers constitution.”
“The Pioneers was a very good read. I enjoyed the history and love for nature that Cooper expresses through his characters. Some parts dragged on, but he was very detailed. If you have seen the movie or read the book, The Last of the Mohicans, I definitely suggest this book because they both have many similarities dealing with the development of society for Indians and the rest of the country.” (Tonya Heiman, goodreads.com)
“Once you get beyond the overly descriptive and romanticized language of Fenimore Cooper's novel, it's actually a really interesting tale about new born America and it's relationship not only with the natives but with each other.” (Rachel, goodreads.com)
“I've read this book twice. Cooper really knows how to paint a scene on the mind.” (Carl Purdon, goodreads.com)
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