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Bradford's Indian BookBeing the True Roote & Rise of American Letters as Revealed by the Native Text Embedded in Of Plimoth Plantation$
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Betty Booth Donohue

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037370

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037370.001.0001

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The Native Hagiography

The Native Hagiography

(p.89) 6 The Native Hagiography
Bradford's Indian Book

Betty Booth Donohue

University Press of Florida

This chapter clarifies certain aspects of Native life that a reader must understand in order to grasp the literary theories which follow: In an American Indian world, there is no distinction between religion, literature, science, technology, and other aspects of Native daily life. War is for gene-poor enhancement and stories are for healing and intellectual/moral development. All are interrelated aspects of Native life. The tribal leaders interacting with the Plymoutheans were medicine men or poets, not errand runners or savages. The chapter discusses biographical details of five historical persons who became archetypes for later literary characters: Tokamahamon, Tisquantum, Hobomok, Hobomok's wife, and Wituwamat. Tokamahamon represents the vanishing Indian; Wituwamat is the savage Indian; Tisquantum and Hobomok are the helpful Indians; while Hobomok's wife becomes the wise old Native woman who follows her conscience despite male interference.

Keywords:   Hobomok, Hobomok's wife, Tisquantum, Tokamahamon, savage Indian, vanishing Indian, wise old woman, Wituwamat

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