Ottawa Origins Story (recorded ca. 1720) Nicolas Perrot, in Emma Helen Blair, ed. and trans., The In

Ottawa Origins Story (recorded ca. 1720) Nicolas Perrot, in Emma Helen Blair, ed. and trans., The In

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Ottawa Origins Story (recorded ca. 1720) Nicolas Perrot, in Emma Helen Blair, ed. and trans., The Indian Tribes of the Upper Mississippi Valley and Region of the Great Lakes (Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1911) Vol. 1, pp. 37-40. Nicolas Perrot was a French fur trader who traveled extensively in the area around the Great Lakes, especially in modern-day Wisconsin and Montreal, in the latter half of the 17 th century. His skills as an interpreter, trader, and diplomat led him to take part in many negotiations between the French and various Native American peoples. Among these peoples were the Ottawa, whose origins story he retold as part of his memoirs, which were unavailable in English until the early 20 th century. Because the Ottawa, like other Native America peoples, had no written language, accounts such as Perrot’s were often the only versions Europeans ever read. The prejudices of the authors were often obvious in their accounts, though it should be noted that Perrot was greatly respected and honored by the tribes with whom he interacted. After the creation of the earth, all the other animals withdrew into the places which each kind found most suitable for obtaining therein their pasture or their prey. When the first ones died, the Great Hare caused the birth of man from their corpses, as also from those of the fishes which were found along the shores of the rivers which he had formed in creating the land. Accordingly, some of the savages derive their origin from a
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