Native American Place Names of Indiana

Native American Place Names of Indiana

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In tracing the roots of Indiana place names, Michael McCafferty focuses on those created and used by local Native Americans. Drawing from exciting new sources that include three Illinois dictionaries from the eighteenth century, the author documents the language used to describe landmarks essential to fur traders in Les Pays d\u2019en Haut and settlers of the Old Northwest territory. Impeccably researched, this study details who created each name, as well as when, where, how and why they were used. The result is a detailed linguistic history of lakes, streams, cities, counties, and other Indiana names. Each entry includes native language forms, translations, and pronunciation guides, offering fresh historical insight into the state of Indiana.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 657.71g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252032683
  • 9780252032684

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"A masterpiece of the scholarly reference book genre."--American Reference Books Annual "This is an important book and should not be missed by anyone interested in Native American studies or Midwest history."--Journal of Illinois History "Historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and members of the public with passionate interest in these fields will find this book enormously valuable."--Journal of Folklore Researchshow more

About Michael McCafferty

Michael McCafferty is an Algonquian and Uto-Aztecan linguist on the faculty of the department of second language studies at Indiana University.show more