1939

John Bakeless, DANIEL BOONE (New York: W. Morrow & Co., 1939)

Keywords
Indian Views
Shawnees
People
Sheltowee
"Throughout his life they [Indians -- specifically the Shawnee] cherished a queer, half-humorous fondness for Daniel Boone. They had refused a huge sum for him at Detroit, and as Boone himself said, during his captivity he had 'had a great share in the affection of my new parents, brothers, sisters, and friends,' as well as the 'entire friendship' of the chief Moluntha, now with the warriors surrounding the fort. Even after several more years of warfare the four Shawnee braves who later cornered Boone unarmed in his tobacco shed and could easily have killed him, treated the affair as an enormous practical joke -- the American Indian always had a keen sense of humor. They merely tried to catch him again and take him home with them. . . . Boone had received the signal honor of adoption by Chief Blackfish himself. What more, from the Shawnee point of view, could a reasonable man's heart desire? It is mortifying to have your beloved tribal kinsman show you a clean pair of heels and run away. But the Shawnees seem still to have believed that their adopted brother -- at least subconsciously -- loved them after all, even if he had had the bad taste to escape." (BAKELESS:197)

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