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Loudon's Indian Narratives

  by Archibald Loudon $49.95  

Loudon's Indian Narratives book Descriptions by escaped and repatriated captive settlers (including the James Smith journals) of Indian customs and manners.

Originally printed in 2 volumes in 1808 and 1811, Indian Narratives is one of the most famous books on Indian warfare. This collection of Indian captivity stories, many in the “first person”, contain some of the most fascinating frontier stories ever told and found nowhere else. Of particular interest is the 114 page saga of Col. James Smith’s 5 year captivity among the Ohio Indians.

Over 25 stories describe many Indian customs and manners including their games, meals, clothes, fishing methods, dances, songs, dwellings, marriages and funerals, titles, and medicines. Methods of crossing deep rivers, Indian musical instruments, details how to make a fire by rubbing two sticks together, as well as the explanation of why Indians mount a horse on the off side and instances of Indian fortitude at death, are but a few of revealed interesting facets of everyday Indian life.

This book would not be complete without the chapters describing the infamous Indian tortures. With his race and culture at stake, the Indian became the scourge of the frontier. Prolonged pain, expressed rage, indignant intimidation, was all a part of his torture; and prodded along by the insufferable white arrogance on the frontier, made his gruesome terror all so very easy to do.

Paperback, (1808) reprint, 658 pp., $49.95. (cover of paperback is different than what is shown here)
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