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Title The prophet of the sun [manuscript]: a romance of history / by Mary H. Eastman
Author Eastman, Mary H. (1818-1887)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Unpublished fictional holograph mss. based on Choctaw migration legends. Led by priest Chahta (the prophet of the sun) from ancestral lands in Oregon, the Choctaw Indians traveled south to what is probably the Grand Canyon and across the Texas plains and Mississippi River to "Nuniwaiya". Included are descriptions of Choctaw social structure, religion, burial practices, etc. The volume concludes in later years with the westward quest of a new young prophet of the sun.
Names Chahta
Places Oregon, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Texas, Mississippi River, Nanih Waiya, Mississippi, United States
Keywords legend, literature, priest, society, religion, burial, expedition, exodus, folklore, mythology
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northwest Coast, Plateau, Great Basin, Great Plains, Southwest, Southeast
Additional Information Eastman was a nineteenth-century author. Born in Virginia and raised near Washington, D.C., Mary Henderson Eastman married artist and army officer Seth Eastman at West Point in 1835. In 1841, she accompanied her husband to Fort Snelling on the upper Mississippi River. Residing there seven years, Mrs. Eastman learned the Sioux language and tribal customs and legends, which she wove into literary romances. Eastman’s first book, Dahcotah, which her husband illustrated, appeared in 1849, and its success encouraged her literary career. She published further volumes of Indian tales (1853-1855), a fictional response to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), and sentimental fiction on other subjects (1856-1879).
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3065
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue