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Tribes of the Great Lakes
North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes
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by: Randy Harvey [ HARV ]

HISTORY

**This book outlines the social organization, way of life, rich material culture, and history of the Indian nations of the western Great Lakes and the Midwest between the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. It traces the story from their first contact with French explorers and missionaries in the 17th century, through the heyday of the fur trade and the French-British wars, to the American Revolution, the United States’ drive westward, and the final relocations of the Indians.**


** Author’s words quoted from the back cover of the book.


THE BOOK

Osprey Publications Ltd has released North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes as Number 467 in their Men-at-Arms series. It is a paperback book with 48 pages. Included with the text are black and white photographs, black and white and color illustrations, and detailed captions. It has a 2011 copyright and the ISBN is 978-1-84908-459-8. As the title states, the book examines and discusses the North American Indian tribes of the Great Lakes.


THE CONTENTS

The Great Lakes Region

- Terrain – resources – cultures – populations

- European contact


Principal Indian Nations

- Huron, Tionontati (Petun), and Wyandot

- Ojibwa (Chippewa)

- Ottawa and Potawatomi

- Menominee

- Winnebago

- Sauk and Fox (Mesquakie)

- Kickapoo and Mascouten

- Miami and Illinois

- Shawnee


Wars With The White Man

- Historical background, 17th century

- Gift-giving, and the French and Indian War, 1754-60

- From Pontiac’s rising to the Fort Stanwix Treaty, 1763-68

- From Cornstalk’s resistance to the Revolution, 1774-83

- From Harmar’s failure to the Treaty of Greenville, 1789-95

- The Prophet, Tecumseh, and the War of 1812

- The Black Hawk War, 1832


Some Indian Leaders

- Curly Head – Flat Mouth – Hole-in-the Day – Kenakuk – Keokuk – Charles Langlade – Old Briton/ La Demoiselle – Old Decora – Ornotory – Oshkosh – Red Bird – Sagunash – Tarhe – Tenskwatawa – Wabaunsee


Beliefs & Rituals

- The spirits – war rituals – the Midewiwin Society

The Great Lakes Tribes Since c.1850

Select Bibliography

Plate Commentaries

- Material culture and dress

- 19th-20th century rituals


Index


THE TEXT

The text in the book is well written and extremely detailed. Michael G. Johnson covers the North American Indian tribes of the Great Lakes very well. Anyone interested in North American Indian tribes of the Great Lakes or just Native American history will find this book very informative and interesting. I didn’t notice any spelling or grammatical errors I read through the text. Grammar and spelling might not be an important factor to everyone however it is something that I take notice of and pass on my findings. Please refer to the scans that I have provided so that you can judge the text for yourself.


THE PHOTOGRAPHS

There are a total of 39 black and white photographs, and photographs of original illustrations, throughout the book. Several of the photographs are of North American Indian tribes of the Great Lakes and show their clothing, dwellings, sewing and beadwork and weaponry in nice detail. The majority of the photographs are nice, clear, centered and focused images and are of a good quality considering the era in which they were taken. Considering that photography was still a fairly new science at the time the photographs were taken I was impressed with all of the photographs. I haven’t seen a majority of the featured photographs before, if not all of them, and I was pleased with this. I definitely consider that a bonus as it is nice to have a reference book that contains several lesser known photographs as opposed to the same old over used photographs that many books tend to contain. The photographs will prove to be valuable to the scale figure modeler as well as anyone interested in Native American clothing and culture of the Great Lakes tribes. Please refer to the scans that I have provided so that you can judge the photographs for yourself


THE COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS

There are 8 plates of color illustrations by illustrator Jonathan Smith which covers various tribes of the Great Lakes and they are very well done. There are brief captions that accompany the illustrations as well as well written and detailed larger captions that are located in the Plate Commentaries chapter. The illustrations will prove to be valuable to the scale figure modeler as well as anyone interested in Native American clothing and culture of the Great Lakes tribes. One problem I found with the captions on Plate G is that most of them are printed over the wigwams in the background and it can make them a little difficult to read.


The color illustrations are of the following:


Plate A

Joliet And Marquet Meet The Illinois, 1673

1. Illinois Chief

2. Seated Illinois girl

3. Ottawa warrior, 1680


Plate B

Warriors, 1720s-1780s

1. Winnebago warrior, 1780

2. Mesquakie (Fox) warrior, first half of 18th C

3. Ottawa warrior, 1755


Plate C

Warriors, 1760s-1790s

1. Shawnee warrior, c. 1774

2. Kaskaskia warrior, 1796

3. Great Lakes warrior, Pontiac War, 1763


Plate D

Chiefs, 1812-1832

1. Sauk chief Black Hawk, 1832

2. Miami chief, c. 1830

3. Shawnee chief, War of 1812


Plate E

Ritual, 1890s

1. Ojibwa (Chippewa) singer

2. Midewiwin Society priest

3. Midewiwin lodge

4. Dream drum

5. Midewiwin instructor


Plate F

Sauk, Ojibwa & Menominee, 1830s-1870s

1. Sauk warrior, 1832

2. Shoppenegons, Michigan Ojibwa, c. 1870

3. Sauk chief, 1860s

4. Menominee man, 1850s


Plate G

Women, c. 1830-95

1. Sauk and Fox woman, 1880

2. Ojibwa woman with infant, 1830

3. Ojibwa woman, c. 1895

4. Menominee woman, c. 1830

5. Wigwams


Plate H

The 20th Century

1. Ojibwa traditionalist, 1920

2. Ojibwa woman jingle-dress dancer; Bad River reservation, 1998

3. Mesquakie male dancer; Tama settlement, 1926

- Background: Ojibwa Museum, lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin

Please refer to the scans that I have provided so that you can judge the illustrations for yourself.


MAPS

There are 5 black and white maps provided. They are of:


- Tribes Of The Old North West, 1760

- The Great Lakes Fur Trade

- Major Battles, 1752 – 1813

- Major Indian Village Groups In The Ohio Country, 1768 – 1830

- Black Hawk War, 1832


Please refer to the scan that I have provided so that you can judge the quality of the maps for yourself.


THE INFORMATION CHARTS

There are no informational charts provided in this volume.


THE CAPTIONS

The captions that accompany the photographs are well written and are very detailed and provide very specific information. As with the text I didn’t notice any spelling or grammatical errors I read through the captions. As I stated before, grammar and spelling might not be an important factor to everyone however it is something that I take notice of and pass on my findings. Please refer to the scans that I have provided so that you can judge the captions for yourself.


CONCLUSION

All in all I am impressed with the book. This is a very nice reference book that contains many nice illustrations, photographs and well detailed captions. I would have no hesitation to add other Osprey titles to my personal library nor would I hesitate to recommend this book to others as it will be a welcome addition to one’s personal military reference library. The scale figure modeler as well as anyone interested in Native American clothing and culture of the Great Lakes tribes will find this volume a useful companion.


REFERENCES

Native American Clothing: An Illustrated History
Theodore Brasser
Firefly Books

Native American Hunting and Fighting Skills
Colin F. Taylor
The Lyons Press

Native American Weapons
Colin F. Taylor
The Lyons Press

The Indians
The Old West
Time/Life Books

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
An Indian History Of The American West
Dee Brown
Picador


Search inside the book at the Osprey Publishing web site:

http://www.ospreypublishing.com/store/North-American-Indian-Tribes-of-the-Great-Lakes_9781849084598


Look inside the book at the Amazon web site:

http://www.amazon.com/North-American-Indian-Tribes-Men-at-Arms/dp/1849084599/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342654233&sr=8-1&keywords=North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes
SUMMARY
Highs: Well written and detailed text and captions. Nice photographs and color illustrations
Lows: Nothing to mention
Verdict: This is a very nice reference book that is well researched and details the North American Indian tribes of the Great Lakes well.
Percentage Rating
96%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: ISBN 978-1-84908-459-8
  Suggested Retail: US $17.95
  PUBLISHED: Jul 21, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 91.62%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.22%

About Randy Harvey (HARV)
FROM: WYOMING, UNITED STATES

I have been in the modeling hobby off and on since my youth. I build mostly 1/35 scale. However I work in other scales for aircraft, ships and the occasional civilian car kit. I also kit bash and scratch-build when the mood strikes. I mainly model WWI and WWII figures, armor, vehic...

Copyright ©2019 text by Randy Harvey [ HARV ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Historicus Forma or Silver Star Enterprises. All rights reserved.



Comments

I just hope the book is as precize and full of information as Randy's review. Thanks Randy!
JUL 22, 2012 - 06:57 AM
Thank you Andrzej. I appreciate your kind comment. By the way, this review marked my 100th published review!! Thanks again, Randy
JUL 22, 2012 - 08:23 AM
Very nice, thanks for the review Randy and congrats on your 100th review... quite an achievement! Keep it up. Mario
JUL 22, 2012 - 08:58 AM
Link to review not working for me.....
JUL 22, 2012 - 09:12 AM
Hmm... not sure where is the problem. I've clicked the direct link and it works well. Try this one Kevin: link Mario
JUL 22, 2012 - 09:35 AM
Mario That link worked, maybe something to do with Chrome. When I click on the link I am getting a blank page where the review should be and this "_REVIEWSREALMNOAUTH" Might mean something to Jim. Randy, Excellent review, very descriptive of the book. I will definately have to get this one, Thanks Kevin
JUL 22, 2012 - 09:47 AM
Sorry, my bad. Made mistake in link adress. It's fixed now.
JUL 22, 2012 - 06:21 PM
Thank you Mario and Kevin for the kind comments, I do appreciate them. To be honest with everyone, I'm not sure about the review myself. I felt that I could have done a better job with it. I have more Native American titles that I am working on. I hope to have them finished up soon so that I can share them as well. Thanks again everyone, Randy
JUL 23, 2012 - 10:04 AM
   

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