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The Indian Problem, From the Indian's Standpoint
[Ypsilanti: Scharf Tag, Label, & Box Co.] 1900 - A scarce and noteworthy work by a Native American author. Blackbird (ca 1815-1908) was the son of a hereditary chief of the L'Arbre Croche (Michigan) branch of the Ottawa tribe. He was trained in mission schools, confirmed in the Catholic church, married a white woman, and settled in Harbor Springs, Michigan. He became a long-time resident there and, given his fluency in English, was a frequent intermediary in treaty and contract negotiations between Indians and whites. His major work, History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, was published in 1887. Blackbird reputedly suffered cruel abuses under his Catholic tutors, converted to Protestantism as a young man, and remained a staunch anti-Catholic his entire life. In the current work, Blackbird inveighs against white citizens' crooked dealings with Indians, the disappearance of native lands, and, especially, against the hypocrisy of the Catholic church with regard to Native Americans, especially referencing the Church's lax attitudes towards alcohol. Scarce in commerce; about fifteen locations noted in OCLC (of which the majority are in Michigan). Octavo (23cm). Printed maroon card wrappers; 22pp. Old hand-stamp at head of front wrapper ("Davenport Public Museum"), else a tight, Near Fine copy, well-preserved in the original wrappers. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Lorne Bair Rare Books, ABAA]
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