New York: John Wiley, 1849. xi,,268pp. plus four illustrations by Capt. Seth Eastman. Original green cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Extremities worn, cloth soiled and rubbed. Spine lightly sun-faded. Modern bookplate on front pastedown. Light to moderate foxing throughout. About very good. Item #WRCAM44140
"Mary Henderson Eastman spent the years from 1841 through 1848 at Fort Snelling, where her husband, Captain Seth Eastman, was stationed. During this period, the Eastmans entertained many Indians in their home and undertook a dual recording of the Dakota. While Seth Eastman, a talented artist, portrayed them on canvas, Mary Eastman elicited from them their stories and legends for a written record...She saw the Sioux as 'a race of tall, fine-looking men; and many of those who have not been degraded by association with the frontier class of white people, nor had their intellects destroyed by the white man's fire-water, have minds of high order'...Mary Eastman decided to gather their stories and legends for publication. The resulting work is believed to have inspired Longfellow to write HIAWATHA a few years later" - Wagner-Camp. Eastman wrote several other books relating to the plight of the Native American, as well as a popular reply to UNCLE TOM'S CABIN titled AUNT PHILLIS' CABIN, written from the viewpoint of a native Virginian. SABIN 21685. WAGNER-CAMP 167b. FIELD 478.