Anishinabe masinaigas / by Soloman James, Sound of Thunder Ravens Chief of Shawanagaw Band of Ojibway Indians.

James, Soloman [Browse]
Manuscript, Book
[Shawahnegaw Village, Ontario, Canada], 1858.
[16] p. on birch bark : color painted ; 11 cm. 1 signed letter


  • Illustrated manuscript in Ojibwa, written as gift to the author/artist's son.
  • Page [1] inscription, translated into English, reads: "This little book - a gift, given to my little son. - Little Talking Bird - from his Father, Soloman James - Sound of Thunder Ravens - Chief of Shawahnegaw Village".
  • Page [16] inscription, translated into English, reads: "My own little Picture [Painted] Book Louis James - Shawahnegaw. Day of Mutual Greeting [New Year's Day] 1858. I am Twelve Years [Winters] old."
  • [2] page letter includes a translation of the manuscript into English signed by Reverend Allan Salt. Wahsaukewahssn. Parry Island. Ont. Sept. the Seventh, 1871. To Captain Charles Skean, Indian Agent, Parry Sound, Ont.
Binding note
Birch-bark covers decorated with colored porcupine quills, edges and spine oversewn. Laid in chemise and clamshell case, red morocco top label, laid with folder containing letter and translation in larger fitted clamshell case.
Other format(s)
Very fragile, facsimile available in Cotsen reference collection, see Little book of Animals, ctsnrf QL49 .J29 2010.
Other title(s)
Little book of animals
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