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David Zeisberger's History of the North American Indians

 
  by Archer B Hubert and William N. Schwarze, eds. $19.95  
     
 

Zeisberger's HistoryTranslations and annotations of Zeisberger's original German journals, manuscripts and Indian vocabularies covering his 60 year venture as a missionary to the Indians.

Rarely does a book come along that has the power to expand one’s knowledge of the culture and history of the Indians of America’s Eastern Frontier as does this book. Zeisberger’s story begins in 1726 when a man his wife and son fled from their home in Austrian Moravia and took nothing except a dream of a new life in a free land far across the Atlantic. Fast-forward ten years. Young David is now in Bethlehem, PA studying with the Moravian missionaries and scholars. It is here that David first became interested in studying the Indian languages of the New World and showed proficiency to learn these dialects. Thus began his more than 60-year venture into the wilderness.

Many interesting stories of Indian history, manners and customs of everyday life in the Indian villages come to light through the pages of this book. This exceptional and intimate knowledge of the inner life of these first Americans is credited to Zeisberger and found nowhere else in the early literature. He includes stories of Indian medicinal remedies- firsthand details of their ceremonies, food, culture and beliefs. And because he knew the Indian intimately, his precious glimpses, both backwards and forward, are both rare and accurate. These pages will attest to his skill as he witnessed the 18th century world of the Indians of America’s Eastern Frontier.

Paperback, (1910) reprint, 188pp., $19.95.
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