The Song of Hiawatha

The Song of Hiawatha

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Blackwell North Amer
In the summer of 1854, Longfellow wrote in his diary: "I have at length hit upon a plan for a poem on the American Indians, which seems to me the right one and the only. It is to weave together their beautiful traditions as whole." What emerged the next year was "The Song of Hiawatha," a composite of legends, folklore, myth, and characters that presents, in short, lilting trochees, the life story of a real Indian, who provides the focus for the narrative thread of this epic drama of high adventure, tragedy, and conflict. The aim was not to tell a particular or specific story, but to unite the strands of various Indian legends, to present a sympathetic portrait of many Native American tribes, and especially to disclose their profound relationship with the natural world.

Simon and Schuster
The epic story of Hiawatha and his fantastic magical powers

Angered by the sight of warring nations, Gitche Manito, Mohican Masters of Life, sends for the prophets Hiawatha to bring peace. Brought up by his grandmother on the shores of Lake superior, Hiawatha learns to use his remarkable powers for good of humanity: wearing his magic moccasins he covers a mile with every step; grinds boulders to dust with his special mittens: speaks with all kinds of animals and birds in their own language. Overcoming evil forces, Hiwatha offers the gift of civilization to the world. His marriage to Minnehaha leads to golden age of happiness and peace–unitl the reappearance of mischievous spirits leads Hiawatha into further adventures.

The song of Hiawathareflects the traditional Native American way of story–telling.Highly controversial when first published, Longfellow's epic poem has nonetheless created a legend still loved by millions.

The most comprehensive paperback edition available, including introduction and chronology of Longfellow's life and times

Publisher: London : Dent ; Rutland, Vt. : C.E. Tuttle Co., 1993
ISBN: 9780460872683
0460872680
Characteristics: xix, 171, [1] p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Aaron, Daniel 1912-2016

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