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Title An Ojibway tale [manuscript]: Mineral Point, Wis., 1852
Author Smith, Rudolph Van Dyke (d.1852)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Contemporary copy (1852) by William R. Smith of his son’s account of an Ojibwa hunting legend, High Rock and the White Bear, together with a note detailing the circumstances of the essay’s compilation. In poor health prior to his 1852 death, the author transcribed the tale in the leaves of an account book at his father’s Mineral Point office. The story concerns the contest between a young and arrogant hunter, High Rock, and White Bear, a cunning and strong creature endowed with knowledge of the past and future. An unrelated poem is also appended.
Names High Rock [Ish-pau-bi-kau]; White Bear [Wau-bish-kizzi Muk-kwah]; Smith, William Rudolph (1787-1868)
Places Mineral Point, Wisconsin, United States
Keywords essay, folklore, legend, warrior, hunting, culture, tradition, bear, song, poetry
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 814
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue