Early in the last century the scattered bands of the Ojibways who had their home near Lake Superior
and Lake Huron
, with their principal village at Garden River
in Algoma, not far from Sault Ste. Marie
, were ruled over by Chief Shingwauk
, a ruler of force and character.
He held the remnants of the tribe together, cherished their national pride, and laid great stress on the importance of preserving the national legendary history.
He imbued his son Bukwujjinini with the same feeling, and carefully instructed him in all the legendary lore of his people.
Bukwujjinini became thus well versed in these legends, and it was from him that Mr. Schoolcraft
, who had married an Indian woman, received them, turning them into English and printing them in his great work on the Indians.
The old chief was a fine specimen of the aboriginal red man, dignified, wise, and thoughtful, and deeply beloved by his people.
He selected his nephew, George Kabaoosa
—or Daguagonay—as his successor in continuing the legendary history of his people, constantly repeating to him all he had heard from his father, and this Kabaoosa is now engaged in writing out all these legends to preserve them for posterity.
In addition to his knowledge of these tales from his uncle's lips, Kabaoosa had heard the poem of ‘Hiawatha’ read by his Sunday-school teacher in his youth.
In the winter of 1900 a band of Ojibway Indians
was formed to illustrate Indian life at the Sportsmen
's Show in Boston
Among them was the old chief