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An introduction to the life of tecumseh

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Panther in the Sky: A Novel Based on the Life of Tecumseh

Religious beliefs, ceremonies, social morays, games, agricultural practices, tools and weapons, clothing, house construction, the roles of men and women: Here is an interesting example that involves Daniel Boone, who had been taken prisoner by the Shawnee war tribe that the child Tecumseh belonged to. Natives believed that their Creator had placed them exclusively on the North American continent where they were expected to live harmoniously with nature.

Tribes did not own specific parcels of land. They were free to roam. Any tribe could migrate into any territory not occupied by a different tribe. American frontiersmen believed that Indian land existed for their taking.

President, William Henry Harrison: They possessed deeds of ownership. No other person could occupy any portion of their land, however extensive and unused it might be. Behind them hurried settlers eager to own property, clear forests, raise families, establish towns, and create states. Most of the land they would come to own had been obtained by military conquest or by treaty, old tribal chiefs forced to relinquish Indian territory and be placed on small reservations to protect their people from being militarily destroyed.

Once these treaties were signed, no tribe could occupy any of these lands. Settlers, however, were allowed to venture beyond the boundaries of these lands to settle in what still remained Indian territory.

  • Deprived of their homelands, faced with severe food shortages and a drastic loss of population, Native Americans in the Old Northwest saw the fabric of their society torn apart;
  • Here is an interesting example that involves Daniel Boone, who had been taken prisoner by the Shawnee war tribe that the child Tecumseh belonged to;
  • What followed was a rout;
  • Aggressive frontier settlers infringed on Indian hunting grounds, and rapidly killed off the game that provided Indians with subsistence;
  • A third reason I would recommend that you read this book is to have you appreciate Tecumseh as a human being;
  • Most of the land they would come to own had been obtained by military conquest or by treaty, old tribal chiefs forced to relinquish Indian territory and be placed on small reservations to protect their people from being militarily destroyed.

Thereafter, soldiers would intimidate Indian settlements within the ever-shrinking Indian territory, and chiefs of those settlements would also be forced to decide whether to sign a treaty ceding another portion of desired land or fight.

This systematic stealing of Indian land is what Tecumseh devoted his entire adult life to eliminate.

A third reason I would recommend that you read this book is to have you appreciate Tecumseh as a human being. A fierce warrior in battle, he was indefatigable in his efforts to protect his people.

Break with the “peace” chiefs

Yet he was compassionate. He abhorred senseless killing. He strived always to prevent the torturing and slaying of the combatants he took prisoner.

A final reason to read this book is that the author provides you with what all fiction readers desire: Panther in the Sky is high on my list of historical novel recommendations.