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(AMERICAN INDIANS.) Blackbird, A.J. History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan: A Grammar of their Language,and Personal and Family History of the Author. 128 pages. Small 4to, original printed wrappers, two chips; minimal wear to contents; faint inked museum stamps on front and rear wrapper. Ypsilanti, MI, 1887
Andrew Jackson Blackbird (circa 1810-1900) was an Odawa with some formal education. This pamphlet is an interesting mix of oral history and autobiography, including on page 103 "the twenty-one precepts or moral commandments of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, by which they were governed in their primitive state," contrasted with the Ten Commandments. Includes 22 pages of grammar and vocabulary. Ayer, Chippewa 48.
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