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"The Acts and Character of Nan Bo Shoo" narrative circa 1830s

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S0979 (Text) 00000106355852 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.01 Cubic feet 1 folder

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Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2017/09/01 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/09/01 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection includes the handwritten narrative "The Acts and Character of Nan bo Shoo" circa 1830s. The name "Nan bo Shoo" is a misspelling of the Potawatomi legendary hero "Nanabozho." Nanabozho is known by a number of names among the Anishinaabe tribes and his character and attributes vary among the stories from the different Native American communities. The narrative in this collection was likely written down by Col. Abel C. Pepper, an Indian agent in Indiana in the 1830s and great-grandfather of the donor of the narrative, Mrs. Gertrude P. Moore.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
"The Acts and Character of Nan Bo Shoo" narrative, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
The Potawatomi people are Native Americans of the Algonquian language family. They originally resided on lands around the Great Lakes region, including what is now Northern Indiana. On September 4, 1838, the Potawatomi were forcibly removed from Indiana and taken to reservation land in Kansas. This removal is known as the Potawatomi Trail of Death.The Potawatomi had many folktales and traditional stories passed down from one generation to the next. Nanabozho (Nanabush) is a legendary hero in stories and is often portrayed as a trickster, but is never disrespectful of Native American culture. Sources:"Legendary Native American Figures: Nanabozho (Nanabush)." Native Languages of the Americas. Accessed September 1, 2017."The Trail of Death." The History Museum. Accessed September 1, 2017.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Gertrude P. Moore in 1973/07.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Pepper, Abel C., 1793-1860.
Folklore > Indiana.
Indians of North America.
Indians of North America > Folklore.
Nanabush (Legendary character)
Potawatomi Indians.
Genre: Personal narratives.

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