state in the entire nation is richer in Indian names or in fact
Indian history than Pennsylvania. Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania is a valuable reference book for anyone, student or other, who wants to learn more about the land’s inhabitants before it ever became “Penn’s Woods.” Although first published in 1928, it was reprinted in 1977 and again in 2014. The need for this reprint comes from Dr. Donehoo’s translations of the hundreds of Native American names that appear across the commonwealth. Indian Villages is the only major book
that traces back Indian names and places for their correct form,
origin and history.
These 480 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
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.
480 pages, biblio., paperback, $24.95.