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
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.