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The Life and Traditions of the Red Man: A rediscovered treasure of Native American literature Paperback – February 28, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-0822340287 ISBN-10: 0822340283 Edition: Reprint

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The Life and Traditions of the Red Man is an extraordinary rendering of Eastern Algonquian history, story, and prophecy, self-published in the nineteenth century by a native writer from the northeast coast of the United States. As remarkable as the text was Joseph Nicolar himself, a brilliant and largely self-educated member of the Penobscot tribe who fervently wished to pass on what he could to the younger generations.”—Patricia Clark Smith, coauthor of On the Trail of Elder Brother: Glous’gap Stories of the Micmac Indians


“Joseph Nicolar’s The Life and Traditions of the Red Man is surely a landmark text, and Annette Kolodny’s framing helps make the narrative come alive.”—Philip Deloria, author of Indians in Unexpected Places


“Joseph Nicolar’s The Life and Traditions of the Red Man, reissued with Annette Kolodny’s excellent prefatory material, provides students and scholars of American Indian literatures with a valuable text in a reader-friendly edition, which is, crucially, endorsed by the Penobscot Nation.”— Eric Cheyfitz, editor of The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States since 1945

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"Joseph Nicolar's The Life and Traditions of the Red Man is surely a landmark text, and Annette Kolodny's framing helps make the narrative come alive."--Philip Deloria, author of Indians in Unexpected Places

"The Life and Traditions of the Red Man is an extraordinary rendering of Eastern Algonquian history, story, and prophecy, self-published in the nineteenth century by a native writer from the northeast coast of the United States. As remarkable as the text was Joseph Nicolar himself, a brilliant and largely self-educated member of the Penobscot tribe who fervently wished to pass on what he could to the younger generations."--Patricia Clark Smith, coauthor of On the Trail of Elder Brother: Glous'gap Stories of the Micmac Indians

"Joseph Nicolar's The Life and Traditions of the Red Man, reissued with Annette Kolodny's excellent prefatory material, provides students and scholars of American Indian literatures with a valuable text in a reader-friendly edition, which is, crucially, endorsed by the Penobscot Nation."-- Eric Cheyfitz, editor of The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States since 1945 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books; Reprint edition (February 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822340283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822340287
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Felstiner on August 2, 2007
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With a touching and eloquent preface by the last living grandson of Joseph Nicolar, of the Penobscot tribe, whose original text dates from the 1890s, and with a brilliant and comprehensive introduction by the author, Annette Kolodny, this work will be a classic for anyone wanting to understand Native Americans. And not just that. The work and its introduction give us the deepest possible sense of alternative approaches to land, tradition, animals and humans, including a prophecy that white men will destroy themselves, essentially by destroying the environment. No one should miss this extraordinary book!

Mary Felstiner
Professor Emerita of History
San Francisco State University
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The customer reviews and comments and editorial reviews which appear here refer exclusively and only to the 2007 Duke University Press print and electronic editions of Joseph Nicolar's The Life and Traditions of the Red Man, edited by Annette Kolodny. Only the edition edited by Annette Kolodny was produced with the cooperation of Nicolar's descendants and members of the Penobscot Nation, with a preface by Nicolar's grandson Charles Norman Shay. The preface by Charles Norman Shay appears in no other edition. This is also the only edition from which a portion of the purchase price is dedicated to a higher education scholarship fund for children of the Penobscot Nation. No other edition was produced with the cooperation, input, or endorsement of any member of the Penobscot Nation. And it is the only edition that has actually been edited and is accompanied by Annette Kolodny's fascinating and useful introduction. The BiblioLife editions are not authorized.
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By VELMA BURKHOLDER on March 26, 2011
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I just finished reading "The Life and Traditions of the Red Man" edited by Annette Kolodny. I felt as though I was in the Native American villages and knew the people well. I have always been fascinated by this culture so this made an interesting read.
Annette Kolodny researched the Penobscots thoroughly and the background information in her introduction helped make Nicholar's story even more real. I really enjoyed this journey into America's past.
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