state in the entire nation is richer in Indian names or in fact
Indian history than Pennsylvania. Other than two small publications
done by Heckwelder and Boyd, Indian Villages is the only major book
that traces back Indian names and places for their correct form,
origin and history.
These 290 pages are filled with the most incredible collection
of information ever assembled on the Indian place names of Pennsylvania.
In researching his book, Mr. Donehoo, not only went over every available
source of printed material about place names in Pennsylvania, but
also walked over nearly every Indian trail, from the Delaware to
the Ohio, using every trader's journal and maps as his guide. Each
Indian name comes complete with historical notes by the author,
and as you read, you get a sense about each place; a feeling of
walking with the author through each early village, along every
river and stream and across the mountains of Pennsylvania into Indian
history. A list of the authorities used is given with each name
and a general bibliography follows at the conclusion of the work.
Certainly, Heckwelder, Zeisberger, Post, Gist, Croghan, Weiser and
other early explorers would be very proud.
Mr. Donehoo was a former secretary of the Pennsylvania Historical
and Museum Commission and his book is a must for every serious student
of Indian history.
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290 pages, biblio., paperback , $19.95.