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Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft

ISBN-10: 0812219694
ISBN-13: 9780812219692
Edition: 2007
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Description: Introducing a dramatic new chapter to American Indian literary history, this book brings to the public for the first time the complete writings of the first known American Indian literary writer, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (her English name) or  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 2/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introducing a dramatic new chapter to American Indian literary history, this book brings to the public for the first time the complete writings of the first known American Indian literary writer, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (her English name) or Bamewawagezhikaquay (her Ojibwe name), Woman of the Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky (1800-1842). Beginning as early as 1815, Schoolcraft wrote poems and traditional stories while also translating songs and other Ojibwe texts into English. Her stories were published in adapted, unattributed versions by her husband, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, a founding figure in American anthropology and folklore, and they became a key source for Longfellow's sensationally popular The Song of Hiawatha. As this volume shows, what little has been known about Schoolcraft's writing and life only scratches the surface of her legacy. Most of the works have been edited from manuscripts and appear in print here for the first time. The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky presents a collection of all Schoolcraft's extant writings along with a cultural and biographical history. Robert Dale Parker's deeply researched account places her writings in relation to American Indian and American literary history and the history of anthropology, offering the story of Schoolcraft, her world, and her fascinating family as reinterpreted through her newly uncovered writing. This book makes available a startling new episode in the history of American culture and literature.

Robert Dale Parker is James M. Benson Professor in English and Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois. He is the editor of The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky: The Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Preface
Introduction: The World and Writings of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
The Cultural World of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
The Personal World
The Literary Writings: Poetry, Stories, Translations
The Final Years
The Literary Legacy
Notes to Introduction
Abbreviations
WRITINGS
To the Pine Tree on first seeing it on returning from Europe
To the Miscodeed
Lines written at Castle Island, Lake Superior
On the Doric Rock, Lake Superior: To a Friend
"My humble present is a purse"
Invocation, To my Maternal Grand-father on hearing his descent from Chippewa ancestors misrepresented
Invocation to my Maternal Grandfather, Wabojeeg [shorter draft]
Invocation to my Maternal Grandfather, Wabojeeg [longer draft]
To a Bird, Seen Under My Window in the Garden
Lines to a Friend Asleep
By an Ojibwa FemalePen, Invitation to sisters to a walk in the Garden, after a shower
Pensive Hours
(Pensive Lines)
The Contrast, a Splenetic Effusion. March, 1823—
The Contrast
On Henry's Birthday
Absence
Nindahwaymau
Neezhicka
Neenawbame
Ningwisis
"Amid the still retreat of Elmwood's shade"
Resignation [1]
Resignation [2]
Lines written under affliction
Relief
A Metrical Jeu d'esprit, designed as an invitation to a whist party
Response
Elegy, On the death of my Son William Henry, at St. Mary's
Sonnet
To my ever lamented and beloved son William Henry
Sweet Willy
Lines Written under severe Pain and Sickness
On leaving my children John and Jane at School, in the Atlantic states, and preparing to return to the interior
Free translation by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
New translation by Dennis Jones, Heidi Stark, and James Vukelich
An answer, to a remonstrance on my being melancholy, by a Gentleman, who, sometimeshad a little pleasingtouch of melancholy himself
Language Divine!
"As watchful spirits in the night"
On Meditation
"Welcome, welcome to my arms"
A Psalm, or Supplication for mercy, and confession of Sin, addressed to the Author of Life, in the Odjibway-Algonquin tongue
On reading Miss Hannah Moore's Christian morals and Practical Piety. 1816
Stanzas
"My heart is gone with him afar"
Acrostic
My Ear-rings
When the Stormy Winds Do Blow, After Thomas Campbell
Elegy on the death of my aunt Mrs Kearny of Kilgobbin Glebe Dublin, Ireland
Spirit of Peace
"Let prayer alone our thoughts engage"
The Origin of the Robin
Moowis, The Indian Coquette
Mishösha, or the Magician and his daughters: A Chippewa Tale or Legend
The Forsaken Brother: A Chippewa Tale
Origin of the Miscodeed, or the Maid of Taquimenon
Corn story (or the origin of corn)
The Three Cranberries
The Little Spirit, or Boy-Man: An Odjibwa Tale
Waish-kee, alias Iawba Wadick
La Renne
Peboan and Seegwun (Winter and Spring): A Chippewa Allegory
The O-jib-way Maid
Song for a Lover Killed in Battle
Two Songs
A mother's lament for the absence of a child
"Naw! nin daun, nin dau niss ance"
"Oh my daughter—my little daughter"
"My lover is tall and handsome"
"High heav'd my breast"
Song of the Okogis, or Frog in Spring
"Kaugig ahnahmeauwin/Ever let piety"
Character of Aboriginal Historical Tradition: To the Editor of the Muzzinyegun
Dying Speech
Appendices
Sources and Editorial Procedures
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, "An Introduction to the Poetry of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft"
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, "Dawn of Literary Composition by Educated Natives of the aboriginal tribes"
Misattributions and Potential Misattributions
List of Less Substantive Variants
Works Cited
Index
Acknowledgments

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