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By Brian Swann

During this publication, Brian Swann has collected a wealthy assortment --translated from Algonquian literatures of North the USA -- of reports, fables, interviews, all with accompanying footnotes, references and "additional studying" -- all really in-depth, fascinating, and academic.

Varying in depth from hugely attention-grabbing, to a laugh, to solemn, they seize the multifaceted personalities of the Algonquians as they relate animal tales, hero tales, ceremonial songs (some with musical notation), legends, dances. And even supposing the Algonquian lifestyle was once eternally replaced through the arriving of the whites, those narratives, written or advised through local storytellers, modern or long-gone, convey how the robust spine and culture of the Algonquian tradition has thrived, while their numbers have been lowered.

The addition of statement and explanatory textual content do greatly to introduce to in addition to immerse the reader within the Algonquian spirit in addition to philosophy.

Standing alongside or as a reference, or a lecture room textual content, this booklet is a worthwhile addition to local American reports.

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When confronted with the genuine Lenape word kitahikan, for instance, which can only mean ‘‘ocean,’’ some of the translators disregarded its meaning. Yet when confronted with the nonexistent pseudo-word nillawi, some of these same translators accepted it without question, along with Rafinesque’s translation. And why? When a word—even a genuine and well-known word— challenged the theories of these translators, they felt the need to reinterpret or alter it. When a word didn’t challenge their theories, they often failed to investigate, even if the word did not exist in the language.

Lilly employed a team of over a dozen scholars to authenticate the document based on linguistic, ethnographical, historical, and archaeological research. In 1954 the Lilly team published Walam Olum, or Red Score: The Migration Legend of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians, a lavishly bound and gilded volume with a new translation by the linguist C. F. Voegelin and commentary by Erminie Voegelin, Glenn Black, Paul Weer, Lilly, and others, but this work, like its predecessors, proved inconclusive.

M’CHEUÓMI, or m’CHeuWÁMI [= KWAMI], which signifieth EXTENSIVE LEVEL FLATS [= PLAIN].

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